- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An analysis released Thursday shows the average debt load for Oregon college students is a little less than the national average.

The website LendEDU found Oregon students who graduated in 2015 had an average debt of nearly $27,000. Nationwide, the average borrower from the class of 2015 took on $28,400 in debt.

Oregon students, however, are still borrowing much more than students from previous generations. A 2014 report from The Oregonian/OregonLive found students and their families borrowed more than $12 billion over a 10-year period. That was more than double the amount from a decade earlier.

Devin Hutchings, communications director of the Oregon Student Association, tells the newspaper (https://bit.ly/2bjCP3b ) that the association surveys its statewide student body each year and money woes has been the top issue for years.

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