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 Dying for student loan debt relief? Sure, you can put those loans in deferment or forbearance, but both of those options have major drawbacks.

It’s way better just to get your loan forgiven or have someone else pay it off for you. And if you're interested in that (because who isn't?), you've come to the right place. Get ready—this is the largest guide to student loan debt relief we've ever assembled.

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It's time to pay back those high-balance med school loans, but there's one problem: You're living on a resident's salary. 

Unfortunately, no, you generally can't defer federal student loan payments during your residency. So what are your options? There are three paths to consider:

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Despite rising tuition costs, getting a college education is the best possible way to make a better living. On average, college graduates earn 56% more than those who only get a high school education, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute.

But post-college graduation, there tends to a rude awakening: Graduates today are saddled with an average of $37,172 of student loan debt, and it takes the average borrower 19.7 years to pay off their loans. 

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In the words of talk show host Wendy Williams, “How you doin?”

Before you answer, maybe you should look to your right and your left and see how your “neighbor” is doing to get a different perspective. It’s easy to have a false sense of security when you’re looking in the mirror only at yourself. 

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Medicine is a fulfilling profession on many levels, including the prospect of earning a comfortable salary. But before doctors can bring home a six-figure paycheck, most medical students rack up six-figure student loan debt. The average medical school student graduates with $190,000 in student loan debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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Sometimes life throws curveballs that wreak havoc with our finances. When that happens, it’s tempting to ignore statements—or set your email to send payment reminders right to the spam folder. 

But really, the easiest way to avoid defaulting on student loans is to face the problem head-on. 

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