10 colleges where students graduate with the most debt

Most students do not take on six-figure debt to go to college, a new study by financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz has found, U.S. News reports. But, according to school-reported data, some students are still leaving college with much higher levels of debt than the national average. Students who borrowed for college and graduated in 2011 left owing $26,224 on average, based on statistics reported by 1,035 schools in an annual survey to U.S. News. For graduating classes with the highest average debt, student balances were roughly $18,000 to $28,000 more. In 2011, La Sierra University‘s graduating class had the highest average debt of any school in the country. That year, students with loans left the Riverside, Calif., institution owing an average of $54,885…

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Class of 2011: More debt than ever

It’s official: This year’s class graduates with a record amount of debt. The Wall Street Journal reports that total student loan debt taken on by parents and students adds up to an average of $22,900, 8 percent higher than last year. That’s scary stuff, especially considering how hard it is for new grads to find jobs right now. But a closer look suggests it’s not such terrible news, after all…

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