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Student loan debt weighs on the economy

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The sum of $189,234.78 is impressive on its own.

What makes it more notable is this: It’s the total, in principal and interest, of three college loans that a lender is suing to recover in Rensselaer County court.

The number is even more noteworthy when you realize it’s close to the January median sales price — $187,000 — of a single-family home in Niskayuna.

And that speaks to why lawmakers, economists and others are ...

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