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At 69, she's still paying off $12,000 of student debt — including out of her Social Security checks. It isn't just a millennial problem.

About 222,140 Texans ages 60 and older had student loan debt in 2017, carrying a median load of $15,754, according to government data.

Lynda Costley kept a record of her student loan payments since January of 2014.
Lynda Sue Cosyley in Amarillo on Aug. 16, 2019.

Compelled collection

Lynda Costley has kept a record of her student loan payments since January of 2014.

“It just keeps building"

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