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Athens Among Cities with Most Student Loan Debt


This is graduation season and according to the most recent numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics, over 2 million college students earned bachelor’s degrees and another million earned their associate degrees in 2020. Unfortunately, many of those new graduates will leave school carrying debt. Jill Gonzalez is an analyst with the personal finance website Wallethub. She says Athens is among the cities with the heaviest debt load, and she says that debt costs graduates in other ways as well.

Analysts say student loans totaled record $1.63 trillion, which averages out to about $37,600 per borrower.

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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