Studying abroad may add to student debt, but it doesn’t have to

Posted November 21, 2015

Editor’s note: Total student debt in the United States now tops $1.2 trillion, a financial burden that has wide implications for the economy and society. In a series of stories, student journalists of the Falcon News Service examined what student debt means at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Approximately 300 students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls study abroad every year, according to the Office of International Education. The average debt of UWRF graduates in 2014 was just over $27,000, according to the Institute for College Access and Success’s Project on Student Debt. To pay for the experience of studying abroad, students may need to take out additional loans, which could add to their debt.