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Most of us can remember a time when looking at our credit card bill or student loan balance caused us some stress or disappointment—maybe even recently. But could those negative feelings amount to something more?

The short answer is yes. Financial strain is associated with numerous negative health impacts—both physical and mental. The long answer is a bit more complicated.

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If you've been diligently paying all of your bills every month, maybe you're reading this article while enjoying a congratulatory glass of wine or a piece of chocolate cake. After all, don't you deserve a reward for all that discipline? 

But hold on ... shouldn't your excellent credit score be worth a little more than a booze or sugar hangover?  So why, exactly, is your lender not showing you some love?

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So you've heard about these payment plans that will reduce your monthly student loan bill and you're wondering if  they're an urban legend. Let us assure you: these plans do, in fact, exist. 

But there are a few things you should understand before you sign up.

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On a Sunday afternoon several years ago, my wife and I sat at our kitchen table, staring glumly at a budget I'd worked up for us.

Even though we were both attorneys at the time, the numbers were ...  less than great. My wife worked at a small law firm, and I worked as a government attorney—good jobs by most standards. But I carried a hefty debt load from law school, and those monthly payments took a serious chunk out of our budget. 

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You could have filled the courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court with all the things I didn't know when I started law school.

Chief among them: A law degree is the second most expensive graduate degree in the United States. Law students graduate with an average $140,616 in student loans. 

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You might think going into a high-powered profession like law or medicine would guarantee that you'd pay down your student debt quicker than most. But — according to our recent Payback Progress survey — you'd be wrong. 

So who's winning the loan payback game? Get ready to be surprised. 

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