The rigors of college are no joke. Neither, in Pennsylvania, are the tuition payments.

A study on student debt across the country found that our state’s students have the highest amount of student loans.

A 2018 LendEdu.com study found that 67 percent of Pennsylvania’s students come out of college with an average debt of $36,193. That amount rose nearly 3 percent from the 2016 figures.

In comparison, the top ranked state, Utah, lists an average debt of $18,425, with 39 percent of students saddled with loan repayments after they graduate.

Now, combine that with a recent study from TextBookRush.com that found Pennsylvania’s undergrads who want to avoid school debt entirely would have to work nearly triple time (119.6 hours a week at minimum wage) if

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