As college graduates prepare to march on stage to accept their diplomas, they also have to prepare to march off with thousands of dollars in student loan debt. In fact, the Class of 2014 is the most indebted ever, with 60 percent of its graduates owing money to federal and private loan providers.
According to the Federal Reserve of New York, the total student debt in the United States is now a staggering $1.2 trillion, with the average graduate owing nearly $33,000.
As troubling as that news is, recent graduates need not be discouraged. Here are a few tips to help you become free of student debt.