Three Charts Explain the Student Loan Mess

Student loans make up almost half of the federal government's financial assets, a source of a big chunk of revenue.

Hope she didn't major in art history.

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Here are three charts about student loans that have me worried. First, the total amount of student loans in the U.S. has risen steadily, doubling just since the financial crisis: 

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