A college graduate.

© Peathegee Inc/Blend Images/Getty Images A college graduate.

Today’s student loan debt situation is often described as a “crisis,” but you don’t have to be an English major to argue that’s too weak of a word. The financial burden today’s college students shoulder might as well be the scholastic equivalent of carrying textbooks to class in a tractor trailer. Student loan debt for this year’s graduates will pass $35,000, according to an analysis of federal government data by Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of Edvisors.com.

Being burdened with too much student loan debt for too long can prevent you from buying a home, embarking on your dream career or even start a family. To help you get rid of student loan debt before you reach 30, read these nine tips.