For Millions Of Millennials: Some College, No Degree, Lots Of Debt

Noelle Johnson has a lengthy commute via bus and metro to her job near Washington, D.C. She's been working toward her B.A. for nine years, and when she finally finishes, she says, she'll be able to afford to live closer to work.

If Noelle Johnson had a bachelor’s degree, she’d be able to live closer to work, she says. She wouldn’t have to spend so much of her free time hustling for babysitting gigs. She’d shop at the farmers market. She’d be able to treat her sister to dinner for once. She and her husband could go on trips together — they’d be able to afford two tickets instead of one.

There are dozens of ways that not having a college degree and dealing with student loans affects Johnson’s life.

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