Thousands of colleges seniors receive their diplomas this month in Rhode Island and across the nation. And thousands of them will soon have to start paying off their student loans.
Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of student debt in the nation; the average burden on students in the class of 2012 was more than $30,000, according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success.
As part of our series looking at what it's like to live with student debt, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Lauren Asher, the Institute's director.
Next on our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, we meet a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design who is facing triple-digit student loans.