Florida outstanding student loan debt, late payments among worst nationally

  • Florida student loan borrowers have the third highest outstanding loan balances in the nation, behind only Maryland and Georgia
  • The state ranks 18th overall in past due payments, with over eight percent in Florida late by 90 days or more
  • Florida is home to more than 2.8 million who have student loan debt, also third highest in the nation

The Biden Administration’s recent announcement regarding student debt relief thrust the topic into the forefront of the news. Under the program, students awarded Pell Grants and who took out loans from the Department of Education will have $20,000 of debt canceled. Those without a Pell Grant will have $10,000 shaved off their outstanding balances.

According to the Department of Education, federal student loans currently total $1.6 trillion. All told, an estimated 45 million borrowers hold federal student loan debt. The average student loan debt among borrowers stands at $36,200. (These are the most expensive states to get a college education.)

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