Arkansas Student Loan Debt and Financial Aid Statistics

Federal student loan debt statistics in Arkansas

  • Arkansas is the state with the 32nd largest student loan debt in America
  • The residents of Arkansas owe a total of $13 billion
  • The average debt of a student borrower in Arkansas is $33,333
  • This is $4,454 below the national average
  • There are 390,000 people in Arkansas with student loan debt
  • Meaning that 12.89% of the population of Arkansas has some form of student loan debt
  • That makes Arkansas the state with the 24th-highest percentage of the population with student loan debt
  • 51.20% of the population with student loan debt is under the age of 35

How much student loan debt does the average Arkansas resident have?

  • The average debt of a student borrower in Arkansas is $33,333
  • This is the 34th-highest average student loan debt in the country
  • And $4,454 below the national average of $37,787
  • When looking at the brackets of how much residents owe:
    • 17.80% owe less than $5,000
    • 20.10% owe between $20,000 and $40,000
    • 1.50% owe more than $200,000

How much do Arkansas residents borrow each year?

  • 37.30% of undergraduate students in Arkansas take out student loans each year
  • This is the 23rd highest percentage of students taking loans of any state in the country
  • At 2-year schools, 19.40% of students take out student loans each year
  • The average student at 2-year schools is awarded $4,815 per year
  • At 4-year schools, this number jumps up to 45%
  • At 4-year schooes, the average student is awarded $6,896 per year
  • That’s the 18th highest average awarded to students when compared to other states

State-level financial aid for students in Arkansas

  • The student financial aid budget for Arkansas is $115.5 million
  • This is the 28th largest state budget for student financial aid in the nation
  • It works out at an average of $1,171 per undergraduate student – 13th largest in the country
  • This is 0.69% of the Gross State Product – the 7 largest GSP that any state spends on student financial aid
  • The only states that spend a larger percentage of GSP on student financial aid are Wyoming, Mississippi, New Mexico, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Alabama.