The Best and Worst States for Student Debt

The Best and Worst States for Student Debt

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By Suelain Moy

Where you go to college and what major you pick can have huge financial consequences, but where you live after graduating can also have a big impact on how much your diploma is worth — and how well you can handle your student debt.

How likely are you to land a good paying job? How high will your living expenses be? The answers to those questions and others like them go a long way to determining how burdensome those monthly student loans payments are.

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To ensure your loan doesn’t break you, experts suggest that your payment should not exceed 8 to 10 percent of your monthly income.

Unsurprisingly, the personal finance website WalletHub says, “Student-loan borrowers will fare better in states that produce a combination of lower college-related debt levels, stronger economies and higher incomes.”

To find those states, WalletHub looked at seven metrics, with special emphasis given to student debt as a percentage of average income, the local unemployment rate for people aged 25 to 34 and the percentage of borrowers aged 50 or older. Here are the 10 best and worst states for student debt. You can click on your state on the map below to see where it ranks.

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10 Best States for Student Debt

  1. Utah
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Washington
  5. Nebraska
  6. Virginia
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Minnesota
  9. Colorado
  10. South Dakota

10 Worst States for Student Debt

  1. Mississippi
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Connecticut
  4. Maine
  5. Georgia
  6. South Carolina
  7. New York
  8. Alabama
  9. West Virginia
  10. Oregon

Source: WalletHub

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Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, told reporters that the nearly $2 billion that had already been spent on the program wasn’t wasted because “we are still going to get upgraded electronic displays.”

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Bernie Sanders wants to eliminate $1.6 trillion in student debt, to be paid for by a tax on financial transactions, but doing so won’t be easy, says Josh Mitchell of The Wall Street Journal.  

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