Jane Lynch Says: 'Don't Major in College Debt'

The 'Glee' star launches a campaign to help educate kids on how to finance their higher education.

Jane Lynch unveils the National College Finance Center website in New York. (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Jul 18, 2012· 1 MIN READ
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Jane Lynch doesn't want you to struggle with student debt. On Tuesday, the actress launched the National College Finance Center website to provide a resource for educating students and their families about financing their college education. Lynch made a presentation in New York to highlight the features of the website and discuss America's college debt crisis. She said at the news conference:

I have several people in my own family, graduating nieces and nephews, both in school or just out of school, and they all have a mountain of debt. In fact, one of them is now dealing with the collection calls because they are unable to pay off their student loan. They didn’t read the fine print. I’m doing this because I don’t want other kids to be saddled with that kind of debt.

Lynch's family is not alone in dealing with debt. Rough economic times have compounded the student debt problem. With over one trillion dollars of outstanding student debt and the cost of a college education dramatically rising, many Americans are weighing the benefits of a college degree against the potential of accruing monstrous debt.

More: How Parents Actually Avoid College Debt

The Glee star hopes the site will help inform students and their families about paying for college. The site, which goes as far as breaking down state specific information, is structured to walk students through the process of financing the cost of their education. It shows kids how to take advantage of government resources and available scholarships and grants, before going through the process of taking out a loan.

For those living under the shadow of a mountain of debt, the site offers help structuring (and restructuring) loan repayment plans in addition to helping you budget your everyday life.

Are you struggling with student loans? Tell us about how you manage your debt in the comments.

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