Average Student Debt
What it is: The average amount of debt for undergraduate students graduating in 2011 in each U.S. State for public universities that are 4-years and above.
Why it matters: This information helps us know the debt burden for students graduating with undergraduate degrees in each state. The higher the debt, the longer a student may take to pay it back. This means that many graduating students will have to spend a higher share of their future income on paying student loans rather than spending their money in the economy.