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Published September 28, 2012, 06:07 PM

More local students are working part time to pay off college debt

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- College debt is reaching record levels across the country, leaving more local students working part time to fill their pockets.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- College debt is reaching record levels across the country, leaving more local students working part time to fill their pockets.

Students attending colleges across the Valley are getting by with help from jobs they can work around class schedules, several behind the counter at Moxie Java in Fargo.

The debt surge is due to growing enrollment numbers, combined with increased tuition costs, high unemployment rates, and the economic downturn.

Amber Grohman, NDSU student, says, "it's mostly worrying about, I think, after you're done with school. What am I going to do? Will I actually get a job or will I be stuck working part time somewhere at minimum wage? So that's the biggest fear I think."

About one in five households are hit with student debt. An average graduate owes nearly 27 thousand dollars.

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