Over 2,300 students will graduate from Missouri State University during commencement ceremonies Friday. Two-thirds of those students, on average, will leave with $25,000 in debt.
MSU President Clif Smart says that’s a manageable number for most students going into a professional career.
“The horror stories of people graduating with $300,000 worth of debt – that doesn’t happen here,” Smart says.
But the jobs students obtain after college will determine how scary that debt may be, and how long they’ll be paying it down.