The Ugly Side of College Student Loan Debt

I’m going to be surprised if the soaring level of college student loan debt doesn’t become a political issue.

The number of student loan defaults and delinquencies are rising. The latest statistics on student loan delinquencies are shocking.  The Student Lending Analytics Blog just crunched the Federal Reserve numbers on student loan delinquencies and came up with these dreary stats:

  • More than half of U.S. counties (56%) had more than 10% of their active student loan borrowers delinquent for more than 90 days.
  • Four states — Kentucky, Arizona, Mississippi and Delaware — had more than 90% of their counties with double-digit delinquency rates. (Delaware is misleading because it only has three counties.)
  • The South seems to have the most counties with late student loan borrowers. In fact, nine out of the 10 counties with the highest loan delinquency rates are in the South.

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution and she also writes a college blog for

Read More:

The Horrors of Defaulting on a Student Loan

The Great College Hoax

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  1. So many students end up paying such high interest rates on their student loans because when they apply for them the time for actual payment due seems light years way. This is why negotiating a decent low interest rate for a student loan in the first place is important. It is also important to learn about and take advantage of the government programs available to make paying them back easier.