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Quarter of Millennials expect student debt forgiveness

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(CBNC) - College costs continue to rise, but one segment might not be very worried: 24% of millennials said they expect their loans will ultimately be forgiven, according to study released Wednesday by Junior Achievement and PwC US.

Millennials are often defined as those born from the early 1980's to the early 2000's.

That could be a lot of accumulated debt, considering the average amount of cumulative student debt for undergraduates in the class of 2012 was $26,885, according to a recent Pew Research report.

The average debt for 2013 graduates is expected to be even higher.

"It's a scary statistic," said Jack Kosakowski, president of Junior Achievement, which co-sponsored the Ypulse survey.

The survey conducted for Junior Achievement, "Millennials & College Planning," did not address why the students thought their loans would be forgiven, and it was the first year the question was included in the survey.

The report also found that 60% of millennials surveyed said financial aid is a deciding factor in their school choice and 21% said the cost of college was their family's main financial problem.

The survey of 1,000 people in the 14-to-30 year-old age bracket was conducted in May.

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