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Amanda M. Fairbanks
NEW YORK — Hardly a day goes by where Ashley Angello doesn’t fret about her student loan debt.
Angello thinks about it at night, when packing tomorrow’s lunch means a few saved dollars. And she worries about it the next morning when deciding what to wear to work, since she hasn’t been able to afford any new clothes since starting her job.
“I used to joke when I was in college that I’d be paying off these loans for the rest of my life,” says Angello, 22. She graduated nearly a year ago from Ithaca College, where she majored in communications. “Little did I realize that I actually will be.”
Angello is on the hook for about $120,000. With six-figures in debt, she has little choice but to save every little bit that trickles in. And still, it’s a struggle.