Special Report

States Where People Struggle Most With Student Debt

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5. Hawaii
> Median student debt in default: $13,607
> Adults with student debt in default: 9.4% — 23rd lowest
> Average overall debt of graduates: $23,577 — 6th lowest

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4. Colorado
> Median student debt in default: $13,726
> Adults with student debt in default: 9.2% — 20th lowest
> Average overall debt of graduates: $26,562 — 15th lowest

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3. North Dakota
> Median student debt in default: $13,767
> Adults with student debt in default: 7.9% — 9th lowest
> Average overall debt of graduates: $32,745 — 9th highest

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2. Maine
> Median student debt in default: $13,770
> Adults with student debt in default: 7.8% — 7th lowest
> Average overall debt of graduates: $33,591 — 6th highest

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1. Vermont
> Median student debt in default: $17,237
> Adults with student debt in default: 6.2% — the lowest
> Average overall debt of graduates: $30,566 — 18th highest

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