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University of Georgia Students Set to Graduate, But Face Financial Burdens

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Thousands of UGA students are participating in commencement ceremonies this week, joining their counterparts around the nation this graduation season. Many of them relied on loans to pursue their education. A recent report by the personal finance website WalletHub states student loan debt is at an all-time high of $1.7 trillion. Jill Gonzalez is a WalletHub analyst. 

 

 

Athens does not fare well when it comes to students facing heavy financial burdens. 

 

Those loans have lingering consequences for students. 

 

The study found 29% of students have missed a loan payment since the pandemic began. 

While paying back student loans has also become even more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic, though the government has allowed temporary forbearance on federal student loans.

 

To view the entire list, or for more information, visit WalletHub.com

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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