A study by the Pew Research Center shows that nearly 1 in 5 households have college loan debt, the majority of which are young and poor. Nearly 22.4 million households, or 19 percent, had college debt in 2010. That's an all-time high and nearly double the amount in 1989. It's also up 15 percent since 2007. The increase is being attributed to higher tuition costs and rising college enrollment during the economic downturn.
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