Column: Financial literacy, affordable education top U.S. priorities

When the U.S. Department of Education reported in 2012 that Americans owed more than $1 trillion in student loans — a staggering sum greater than total consumer credit card debt — the hot-button topic triggered a national sense of urgency.

Despite debates at local, state and national levels about the cost of higher education and whether earning a four-year degree is indeed worth the cost, let’s review the facts.

As the nation struggles to recover from what financial experts agree is the worst recession since the 1930s, education still pays.

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