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Students value education despite rising costs

CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) --The cost of college tuition continues to rise, and many students are forced to take out loans to pay for it.

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There is a total of $900 billion in student loan debt. Many ask if the cost is worth it. One woman believes it is.

At 43, Angela Crump is back in school, attending Cincinnati State getting her Associate of Arts degree. She is a pre-law major.

"Eventually that's what I want to do. I want to be a judge," she says.

"It's always been important, especially when you have children. It becomes more important because you don't want them to look at you and say you didn't go to college, so I don't have to," says Crump.

Getting a college degree is easier for some students than others. Tuition costs are rising and many graduates are leaving school with massive student loan debt and wondering how they'll pay it off.

"It is a big concern for a lot of students is making sure they can keep up with those student loan payments and find a job at the end that actually covers what they owe that they needed to get the job in the first place," says Jen Martin who helps Cincinnati State students transfer to four-year colleges.
Martin says a college degree is increasingly important in today's world. She works with students to ensure they don't take on too many loans.

According to the project on student loan debt, in 2012, 71 percent of students graduating from four-year colleges owed money. The average amount is more than $29,000-- a 25 percent increase from 2008.

Taking on debt is a concern for Angela Crump, but the value she places on a college education can't be overstated.

This May she will graduate from Cincinnati State and transfer to UC.

"To actually be at the point of even graduating it's bringing tears to my eyes now. It just gives me this sense of accomplishment; something that I can say I actually went through and accomplished and did very well at it," says Crump.

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