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Epperson: Your education is one of the best investments

Oct. 12, 2011 at 10:23 AM ET

TODAY Money expert Sharon Epperson joined us for a live Web chat Wednesday to answer your questions.

Here’s one of her answers to questions from the live chat. (See below for the full Q&A and Sharon's TV appearance this morning.)

One guest asked:

“How do you decide how much you can afford to invest in a college education?”

Sharon replied:

“Investing in your education is one of the best investments that you can make but you don't want to go into a boatload of debt to do it. Best rule of thumb: your total loan debt should be LESS THAN your starting salary when you complete your degree. Check out calculators at to help you crunch the numbers.”

Here’s the full chat archive and Sharon's TV appearance:



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