The state of Georgia has been criticized by education policy experts and others in recent years for not having a robust program to help low-income students pay for college.
One-third of undergraduate UGA students borrow money to pay for school, state data shows. The average annual loan amount is nearly $6,000. Bachelor’s degree recipients last year left UGA with an average debt of $23,573, University System of Georgia data shows.
The University of Georgia, the state’s flagship school, has nearly 39,000 students this fall, which is the second-largest enrollment in Georgia.