States with the highest student loan debt

Student loan debt continues to pile up around the nation, with an average of almost $30,000 per student. How do individual states stack up?

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Jan 12, 2014 4:25PM
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A lot of the colleges "add" requirements to get your degree. I took a two year for a welding diploma, during the middle of it the Tech College added an English class as a requirement for me to graduate. Colleges don't want you to graduate, because when you do they lose your money. This part of attending College pisses me off. With this said, I knew exactly what I was doing when I took out my student loans. I knew there was no guarantee for a job.I knew it was going to be a burden to pay it back. I take full responsibility for my actions. I suggest getting into a lifestyle of going without, moving back with your parents, or if you are married living off of a single paycheck until your student loans don't exist. Hand over 100% of your paycheck until they are paid off. Doing this is hard, i agree, but living with student loans are harder yet.
Jan 12, 2014 6:50PM
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Left high school at 16. Worked in a Steak and Shake for a year.

At 17 joined the Marine Corps.

Spent 4 years there, including 22 months in Vietnam, left 10 inches of my right leg and foot there.

Came back to Rockford, Ill, worked 9:30 pm until 7:00 am in a factory for 6 years, went to the University of Illinois, days.

Graduated, with no debt.

You want sympthy from me, fvck you.,

Jan 12, 2014 7:19PM
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student loans: the new scandal just like the mortgage crisis!
Jan 12, 2014 7:42PM
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year after year-decade after decade--colleges and universities have raised  their tuitions and their own employees wages far beyond yearly rates of inflation and the rates of income increases of the private sector families sending their children to attend--------now we find there is a trillion in student debt owed by graduates that can never pay their loans  back  because we are educating students for jobs that do not exist-------simply brilliant---and a sure recipe for disaster
Jan 12, 2014 5:36PM
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I would argue that if a student graduates from a 4 year college with a degree and only owes 30 grand that still is a pretty good deal. When you stop and think how easy it is to spend 30 grand or more on a new vehicle , and a new vehicle is financed for anywhere from 36 to 84 months and generally  does not gain value but depreciates it makes the degree look even cheaper. Next factor in all the spending on gadgets that quickly depreciate or become outdated and it gets even better. 
 The hard part these days is picking a major that will enable you to find a job that can support the lifestyle you hope to lead. Even healthcare, particularly nursing does not provide the job security like it once did, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you.
Jan 12, 2014 6:56PM
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Gee.  During the last presidential campaign; Obama was going to help with this problem. Hah! Good luck suckers!
Jan 12, 2014 7:03PM
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Student loan debt has become a major problem for working class parents and children of working class parents .My Daughter  graduated from Stockton university in NJ with a Masters and amassed $68,000.00 in loans, she was an honor student, the state of NJ paid for 2 years of a county school first, I can only imagine how much debt she would have if she started off at Stockton. The prices these colleges charge is outrageous in my opinion. I myself make less than 50K a year repairing cars, there was never any money to save for college, so my daughter had to find a way to make it happen, she did, we cosigned for loans and she went after grants and scholarships. College would have been out of reach had she not been very ambitious and creative in finding funding. The federal government wants kids to go to college, and yet expects that somehow the money will fall from the sky to make it happen. More needs to be done to lower the cost of college so kids can afford it, lets start by cutting federal aid to foreign countries.....and lets make those funds available to kids INTEREST FREE....at least when we deal it out to the kids some of it will be paid back.... 
Jan 12, 2014 8:06PM
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what you didn't know that you would some day have to pay that back??  duh duh  don't borrow get a job and pay as you go, take 6 yrs to finish and forgo the parties and all the gadgets and new cars.  go to a city college for the first 2 yrs. If it's necessary to go to college

 

 

Jan 12, 2014 5:46PM
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What's really amazing about this article is that they are ALL Blue states. What? Conservatives are no longer attending college?
Jan 12, 2014 5:54PM
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when you are going to college for a degree that requires 6 years, and only private schools offer this degree, it's nearly impossible to graduate less than 100,000 in debt. Yes, that's right, 6 figures. Try to become a physical therapist, PA or pharmacist without debt. Myhusband and I cannot afford that so my daughter is forced to take out loans. However, at least she will have a job that allows her to pay them back. How about accountability? Making sure the kids chosen field is loaded with job opportunities? I feel terrible about her upcoming debt but happy for her that at least she will have a job when she graduates. 
Jan 12, 2014 7:56PM
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Do your research. Get a degree in a field that is in demand and you should be fine. Don't go to school just to get a piece of paper. FN learn how to do something. 
Jan 12, 2014 8:22PM
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Looking at the picture of the graduating class of Ohio State...if you are graduating with a college degree in any field, you are, supposedly, looking for  professional employment...but wearing shorts and flip flops to your graduation ceremony in not a good start...
Jan 12, 2014 6:15PM
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Anyone notice how there isn't any analysis WHY there are high student loans? Another propaganda article designed to put a negative spin on education and people thinking for themselves.  GO CAPITALISM!
Jan 12, 2014 7:00PM
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called slavery.   the Left is the party of soft slavery.

they want you to be a slave to the State, to all think the same, to all earn the same, to follow Marxist un-American values. The more people on welfare and food stamps, the Left believes is good. And the more debt you owe to go become a moral fool at 'college', that to them is also good. If they thought otherwise, they would rail on 'college' to use their BILLIONS IN ENDOWMENTS and lower tuition.


If you people don't see how our country is becoming a Leftist entitlement welfare State, with a debt that will and can NEVER be paid back, (see Greece, see Detroit), where default means THEY gain more power and everyone else becomes more 'equal' - what they want more than anything all along, then you are either lying to yourself or in lockstep and already a braindead zombie Leftist, just not facing fact (called lying to yourself and everyone). wake up, but the damage is long past too late.

Jan 12, 2014 7:27PM
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In my opinion, institutions of higher learning charge inflated tuition for the same reason most law firms do.  BECAUSE THEY CAN!!  Where else are you going to go for a college education in America?  And what are you going to do when you're in serious trouble and need a good attorney?  It's not just colleges and universities, though.  When my 16 year-old niece graduated from her Catholic grade school, tuition was over $3,000.  Parents who had two kids at her school got a discount; $5,000 for the pair.  I don't know what her father is paying for her high school tuition, but I can imagine.  Have a GPA of 4.0 in law school and you'll have it made; firms will be knocking at your door.  Engineering pays well, and there are a variety of fields you can go into; if you like engineering. This is all in preparation for paying back your student loans.  The standard of living in America is in the process of taking a nosedive, especially for the young.  Get ready, because the United States is not going to be Number One much longer.
Jan 13, 2014 10:00AM
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Is that debt for tuition, fees and books or for party/living money?   Its time to do some research and learn the percentage of students actually working while in college.  I have 4 brothers and all of us worked our way thru.  Only my older brother with a PhD actually borrowed money (and paid it back).   None of us lived at home and none of us got a penny of help from our parents. We got our degrees the old fashion way.  We worked for it.
Jan 13, 2014 9:42AM
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When you borrow  money to go to school, buy a home or for any purpose, AS YOU AGREED, you owe all the money back... period. This new mentality where once borrowed, a reduction or a forgiven loan is expected, or even considered, is flat out B.S., especially loans insured with tax dollars that all pay and only a few derive benefit from. I don't pay taxes to give the money away so someone else's kid can go to school for free or get forgiven home loan principal.
Jan 13, 2014 12:28AM
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So they owe about 32K each. A part time job delivering pizzas during the school year with no trips to San Carbo for Spring break  and they could have come out with no debt.
Jan 12, 2014 9:08PM
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Old people trying to tell us young people on MSN that we're morons for going to college which we need to do to not have to work at McDonald's's crack me up.

I'm 17, and I was going to go back to Michigan (where I'm originally from) for college but now I'm glad I'm staying in Washington state and getting a degree from UW. I'll be working two jobs when I head up to college in the fall, and I should graduate within 3 years thanks to some dual enrollment classes I've taken. I'm looking at graduating with under $10k in debt. Now let's just hope that Finance degree pays off....
Jan 13, 2014 11:33AM
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I don't understand why a college degree is being pushed so hard.  When everyone has a degree, who is going to be the carpenters, plumbers, mechanics, etc., are the real contributors and way of life?  Not everyone is cut out to live and work in the "white collar" world.
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