(StatePoint) — With college costs skyrocketing, more college students are waking to the realization that they are trapped under massive debts. It doesn’t have to be this way, say experts.
The numbers are staggering, as 65 percent of student loan borrowers misunderstand or are surprised by aspects of their student loans, according to studies.
And student loans account for the most common form of increasing debt among ages 18-24, with 60 percent of students graduating with an average of $24,572.45 in student loan debt.
Students are not being taught enough financial responsibility, say experts at Lexington Law, a leading provider of consumer credit correction services. Only four states require a class in financial education. As such, many educators are urging greater financial education requirements.
In the meantime, there are things students can do to avoid getting buried under debt. A recent survey revealed that one in three graduates would have further pursued one of the following if they could do it all again:
• Financial aid
• Started saving earlier
• Pursued higher paying majors
• Worked while in college
Remember, a little knowledge can help secure your wallet.