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College grad worried about paying off loans

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - In just two weeks Devin Howard will graduate from Central Washington University in debt.

Howard is beginning to feel the pressure of not only having to find a job, but pay having to pay off $11 thousand in student loans.  

"Getting this loan was a huge thing and now having to pay it once I'm done is really hard, considering I've been looking for a job since the beginning of the quarter, and haven't had any grabs," Howard said.

Howard will graduate from Central with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology Science and someday wants to be a cosmetic dentist and open up his own practice.

However, before he goes back to school for another six years, Howard is going to take sometime off and just work so he can pay off his loans.

"I'm trying to get some money and pay off the loans I've had to get through Central and also invest so I don't have to take out so much when I get into dental school because it's really expensive," he said.

Once Howard graduates he will only have six months before he has to start paying his loans and he said he is worried he won't have a job by then.

Howard isn't alone.

A number of students at Central have the same concern, said Agnes Canedo, the Director of Financial Aid at Central.

The most important thing students need to do right now is consolidate their loans before July 6th, Canedo said.    

Before graduation on June 10th, Howard said he will have to consolidate his loans, but for now needs to find a job so he can have enough money to pay off his loans.