The word "debt" tends to have a fairly negative connotation, but in reality, it's a common thing to have. Most people who own homes, for example, carry debt in the form of a mortgage, and in many cases, it's necessary to take on debt to acquire a vehicle.
But not all debt is created equal. In fact, you'll often hear about the concept of "good" debt versus "bad" debt. The question is: Which category do student loans fall into?