NH Voices: Rep. Willis Griffith — Student debt hurts all Granite Staters
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NEW HAMPSHIRE, along with the rest of the country, is in the midst of a student debt crisis. Borrowers in this state — our friends, families, and neighbors — are shouldering nearly $7 billion in student loan debt.
The time is now for New Hampshire to tackle the student debt crisis.
Today, over 184,000 Granite Staters owe, on average, more than $37,000 in student loan debt. And this burden is not limited to only young people. More than 23,000 Granite Staters over the age of 60 owe student loan debt — a 73% increase since 2012. New Hampshire borrowers are teachers, nurses, service members, and veterans. The people struggling with student loans are our neighbors, relatives, and coworkers.