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Graduates' College Debt Drives Career Choices, Students Can't Afford Nonprofit Jobs

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But as Simpson visits job fairs and works on her resume, she's wondering if her initial dream of working for a nonprofit organization is still possible. A large reason: the $50,000 in student loans, plus interest, she'll have to start paying back six months after graduation.

"I do want to work for a not-for-profit, but I do have this huge debt to worry about," Simpson said recently, sitting on the bleachers of the Carrier Dome during a job fair down on the turf. "There's this lingering feeling that I owe someone money. I know it's doable to pay it off, but if I don't get a good-paying job or move up quickly, it could take 10 or 15 years to pay it off."

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