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Wednesday, 2 October, 2002, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
Student debt helpline opens
A dedicated helpline for students worried about debt and money problems has been set up by a charity.

The Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) aims that its new helpline will help prevent students from giving up study because of debt.

The CCCS, which helps more than 100,000 people a year with debt problems, has trained a number of its counsellors to deal specifically with student debt.

Counsellors are trained to understand student loans and other benefits to which students are entitled.

Students are a special case according to the charity as there may well be no money to pay off debts for a number of years, but graduate salaries can increase very quickly.

The student debtline is available on 0800 328 1813. Lines are open 8am-8pm, Monday to Friday.

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