In October, more than 2.7 million Floridians will have to start paying off their student loan debt for the first time since mandatory repayments were paused in the spring of 2020.
As of March, Floridians owed $105 billion in federal student debt in total — about $39,000 per borrower, on average. That’s one of the highest debt burdens in the nation, but the number for most borrowers is much lower. About one in three owes less than $10,000, and more than half owe less than $20,000.
These numbers offer a glimpse into Florida’s student debt landscape, but they’re only part of the story. If you’re one of the 12% of Floridians who owe federal student debt, the Tampa Bay Times wants to hear from you.
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