U.S. News ranks IU Southeast a top Midwestern regional for lowest student debt

19th September 2017

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — Indiana University Southeast was recognized by the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2018 rankings released in September.

IU Southeast ranked fourth among Midwestern regional universities — and first in the state of Indiana — for lowest student debt upon graduation.

“Our commitment to helping students minimize debt is tantamount to preparing them to graduate on time and ready for the professional workforce,” said Amanda Stonecipher, interim vice chancellor for student affairs. “IU Southeast offers a financial literacy program for all first-year students that helps lay the groundwork for informed financial decisions throughout their college experience and into their careers.”

First-year students at IU Southeast are encouraged to participate in IU’s free Money Smarts program, which focuses on educating students about financial wellness and responsibility. The Office of Financial Aid offers a wealth of financial assistance options, such as scholarships and work study programs in addition to federal loans.

U.S. News compiled a list of the schools whose class of 2016 graduated with the heaviest and lightest debt loads. The data includes loans taken out by students from their colleges, from private financial institutions, and from federal, state and local governments. Loans directly to parents are not included.

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