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Oklahoma college students have eighth-lowest average debt, report says

Oklahoma's college students carry the eighth lowest average student debt, according to a new report.
by Silas Allen Published: October 25, 2012
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Oklahoma higher education Chancellor Glen Johnson said the ranking is consistent with how the state has fared in other college affordability rankings.

Johnson cited a U.S. Chamber of Commerce report released earlier this year that ranked Oklahoma the seventh-most affordable public higher education system in the nation.

A number of Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education initiatives are in place to ensure college affordability, Johnson said, including the Oklahoma College Assistance Program.

That program offers financial literacy and student loan management help to college students. The program has been successful in helping students address their student loans, keeping them manageable and avoiding defaults, Johnson said.

“It's something that we place a lot of emphasis on,” he said.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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