By Sheila E. Isong and Jessi Morales
January 9, 2015

During the last several years, states have steadily decreased their investment in public colleges and universities. These budget cuts, in conjunction with the Great Recession, coincided with an eruption in federal student loan borrowing at public institutions in all 50 states. The total amount of federal student loans borrowed at public colleges increased by $17.1 billion since 2007. Students, families, and communities have all been affected by the growing problem of student loan debt. With 41 million borrowers in the U.S. carrying $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, nearly 1 in 5 U.S. households is affected. The average debt load for a 2013 bachelor’s degree recipient is approximately $28,400—this includes loans from public and private non-profit colleges. Learn more about your state in the fact sheets below!

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Massachusetts
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

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