Special Report

Cities Where College Students Are Most Burdened By Debt

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5. Ridgeland, MS
> Ratio of debt to earnings: 81.5%
> Median student debt: $36,600 (top 10%)
> Median earnings of bachelor’s degree holders: $44,889 (bottom 25%)
> Bachelor’s degree or higher attainment rate: 53.7% (top 25%)

4. Cordele, GA
> Ratio of debt to earnings: 81.8%
> Median student debt: $17,955 (bottom 25%)
> Median earnings of bachelor’s degree holders: $21,936 (bottom 10%)
> Bachelor’s degree or higher attainment rate: 11.9% (bottom 10%)

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3. Avon Park, FL
> Ratio of debt to earnings: 83.1%
> Median student debt: $21,786 (top 25-50%)
> Median earnings of bachelor’s degree holders: $26,202 (bottom 10%)
> Bachelor’s degree or higher attainment rate: 10.2% (bottom 10%)

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2. Ypsilanti, MI
> Ratio of debt to earnings: 83.6%
> Median student debt: $29,342 (top 10%)
> Median earnings of bachelor’s degree holders: $35,080 (bottom 10%)
> Bachelor’s degree or higher attainment rate: 43.9% (top 25%)

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1. Selma, AL
> Ratio of debt to earnings: 84.3%
> Median student debt: $24,798 (top 25%)
> Median earnings of bachelor’s degree holders: $29,406 (bottom 10%)
> Bachelor’s degree or higher attainment rate: 20.2% (bottom 25%)

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