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Senate rejects help for those deep in student-loan debt

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When Logan Bahr finished his studies at Central Washington University in 2011, he left with something besides his political-science degree — more than $700 a month in student-loan payments.

Bahr’s parents earned too much for him to qualify for financial aid, but not enough to help pay for college. That forced Bahr to tap out on federal student loans and borrow more from private lenders at higher interest rates. “I essentially graduated with a mortgage,” said Bahr, who works as a surety bond underwriter in the insurance industry.

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