Georgians exiting college with an average of $27,000 in debt

Georgians leave college, on average, with about $27,325 in debt, according to a report released Thursday.

Nearly 60 percent of Georgia students have some student debt, the Lend EDU report found.

Georgia ranked 28th nationally in the average amount of debt. Pennsylvania was first, at more than $35,000 per student while Utah had the lowest debt, at about $19,000 per student. The national average of debt in 2016, $27,975, was slightly lower than the prior average of $28,400.

Clark Atlanta University students had the highest average debt, at slightly more than $40,000. More than 90 percent of its students graduated with some debt. The university has been working on several efforts to help students graduate with less debt, such as encouraging students to take more credit hours to graduate earlier.