Students Find Financial Reprieve At Colorado's Community Colleges

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Her sophomore year in college at the University of Colorado, Danielle Liesman began adding up her student loans, which she'd guessed had put her about $30,000 in debt.

But Liesman said she got a stark reality check when she finished the calculations and realized she already was saddled with $55,000 in student-loan debt.

Liesman had a false start at a private college in New York, where she was recruited to play volleyball, then transferred to CU, where she paid an out-of-state tuition rate of roughly $26,000 a year.

Now she shares a house in Boulder with five young women she met through church and is attending Front Range Community College's Boulder County campus, which has become the safety net that's kept her from

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