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WV has highest rate of student loan defaults
By Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Rebekah Hollers, 36, of Charleston, is one of thousands of West Virginians who have defaulted on their student loans. After struggling to make her monthly payments, Hollers finally pulled herself out of default.To have enough money to pay rent and buy food as a college student, Rebekah Hollers worked overnight at Kroger. She would sleep whenever she could find time between work and classes at West Virginia University.

She was the first person in her family to go to college — her mother finished high school but her father only finished sixth grade. They were a blue-collar family, and Hollers was home-schooled. When it came time to go to college, the only financial aid she received was the Pell Grant, a small need-based federal grant that didn’t come close to covering all her tuition, fees, books and cost of living.

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