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More Than Half Of Texas College Graduates Have Student Loan Debt

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In Texas, 56 percent of undergraduates who finished college in 2016 left with an average of about $26,000 in debt, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.

Five out of six university systems in Texas are expected to raise tuition rates next year, as a response to decreased funding from the state legislature. 

Nationally, a proposed tax plan has the potential to impact long-term costs for borrowers, colleges and current students. 

What options are available for repayment? How can policy changes on the state and federal level affect access to higher education?

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