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Jane Lynch launches website to educate students about college debt

Actress Jane Lynch on "CBS This Morning" on July 17, 2012. CBS

(CBS News) Actress Jane Lynch has launched the National College Finance Center website to help educate students, prospective students and families on how to evaluate their options for financing college.

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"There are billions of dollars owed by people that are over 60 years old. It follows you through life. So it's a really important decision you make as you're about to go to college," the "Glee" star explained on CBS This Morning.

The interactive, not-for-profit website provides state-specific information on scholarship, grants and loans, and it also provides customized information about how to pay off acquired debt.

"It's a terrific resource for researching and finding the best student loan for you, so you can avoid majoring in debt," Lynch told CTM, saying she hopes that the site allows students and families to be "armed with information" about loans and not "blindsided" when they finish college.

In order to illustrate the goals of the site, Lynch led students and parents through an interactive telling of the Don't Major in Debt campaign story with the "Don't Major in Debt Student House" on Tuesday. The production was inspired by the immersive theatre trend. The installation was produced by members of the creative team behind theatre phenomenon "Sleep No More."

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