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One Wisconsin Institute even estimates the average length of repayment at a little over 21 years.
Washington Examiner
One Wisconsin Institute found that the average length of repayment for student debt borrowers is 21.1 years.
According to a study from One Wisconsin Institute, it takes an average of 19.7 years to pay off a 4-year degree.

According to a survey of 61,000 respondents conducted by One Wisconsin Institute, the average time to pay off student loan debt is 21.1 years.
According to One Wisconsin Institute’s “Student Loan Voter Scorecard,” Vukmir has consistently voted against ... college students in Wisconsin.
Badger Herald
Similarly, another study from One Wisconsin Institute found that loan repayment takes 19.7 years for bachelor’s degrees and 23 years for graduate degrees.
Study Breaks

In a survey by the One Wisconsin Institute respondents reported an average repayment period of approximately 21 years for college debt.
Teen Vogue
“Not only is there an uncertainty about whether or not this program is going to happen, but there’s still an uncertainty about how this works,” said Analiese Eicher.
Poll conducted by One Wisconsin [Institute] showed broad bipartisan support for student loan payment reform despite failure to pass such legislation in Wisconsin
Badger Herald

Bryan Kelly talks with Analiese about reforms to help student loan borrowers refinance their debt.
A poll of Wisconsin voters commissioned by One Wisconsin Institute found nearly two-thirds of poll participants would favor a student loan refinancing program.
The Student Loan Report
The poll, commissioned by the liberal policy group One Wisconsin Now and conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows just 31 percent of voters are against such a plan.

Results of a new poll commissioned by One Wisconsin Institute finds broad support for reforms to help student loan borrowers.
One Wisconsin Institute
Leading student debt advocates have joined together to mobilize support for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program with online resources at
One Wisconsin Institute
One Wisconsin Institute, found that people with student loan debt are far more likely to rent versus own a home.
The Progressive

A study from the OneWisconsin Institute finds that it takes graduates of Wisconsin universities 19.7 years to pay off a bachelor's degree.
A survey by the One Wisconsin Institute found the average amount of time needed to repay a loan for a bachelor’s degree was about 21 years.
A study by One Wisconsin Institute revealed that on average, a graduate with a bachelor's degree will take 21 years to repay their student loans.
Associated Press

The standard repayment plan is not nearly enough according to research done by One Wisconsin Institute.
Daily Titan
The average amount of debt per student has increased more than 50 percent in the last decade, according to TICAS, and One Wisconsin Institute.
Loyola Phoenix
One Wisconsin Institute has released two new videos of student loan borrowers telling their stories as part of their “I Am A Student Loan Voter” campaign.
One Wisconsin Institute

"This debt causes a significant economic drag on the state's economy," said Mike [Browne], an analyst at One Wisconsin Institute.
Wausau Daily Herald
A new Student Loan Voter Scorecard recently released by the non-partisan One Wisconsin Institute evaluated the positions taken by state legislators.
One Wisconsin Institute is releasing a series of video interviews featuring Wisconsin borrowers telling their stories about what student loan debt means to them and their families.
One Wisconsin Institute

You cannot refinance federal student loans with the government. We need to change the system. That means changing the minds of politicians like Scott Walker.
Analiese Eicher
At, Wisconsin Voters Can Find Out Who Is, And Who Isn’t, Supporting Common Sense Reforms to Reduce Burden on Student Loan Borrowers.
One Wisconsin Institute
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Debt Perception

Based on current projections by One Wisconsin Institute, a nonprofit organization that conducts research on student loan debt, it will take 21 years or so to repay this amount.

One Wisconsin Institute has shown that those with student loan debt are more likely to rent than buy a home and more likely to buy a used car than a new one.
Capital Times
For too many Wisconsinites, the $1.3 trillion student loan debt crisis continues unabated, burdening their family finances and holding back our economy.
Capital Times
If we’re going to move our state forward, we need to choose a different path by recommitting to public education as a public good and reducing student debt.
Scot Ross

The message is clear: many student debt services deserve an "F" grade, and the federal government wants to improve the mark.
Declining financial support for higher education by the state of Wisconsin has shifted costs onto consumers, increased student loan debt and decreased the affordability of higher education.
One Wisconsin Institute
Declining financial support for higher education has shifted costs onto consumers, increased student loan debt and decreased the affordability of higher ed.
One Wisconsin Institute

According to a report from the One Wisconsin Institute, the devastating effects of student loan debt “may reduce new vehicle spending by as much as an estimated $6.4 billion annually in the US..
As if we didn’t already have enough evidence of the ill effects of the heavy burden of student loan debt, there was new evidence last week that the damage isn’t just confined to students themselves.
Racine Journal Times
A recent study from a home building industry consulting firm estimates student loan debt is costing the U.S. housing market $83 billion annually in lost home sales.
One Wisconsin Institute

The Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill was something substantive that dealt with student loan debt from a long-term perspective, and Republicans killed it without even a second glance.
Badger Herald
One Wisconsin Intern Miles Brown, an African American who is now a senior at UW-Madison says he grew up in poverty, in a family where no one had a 4-year-degree.
Mayor Tom Barrett will discuss the impact of student loan debt on the City of Milwaukee and student loan debt reform advocate Scot Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was also on hand for Monday's discussions along with student loan debt reform advocate Scot Ross, Executive Director of One Wisconsin.
Could the country's more than 40 million student loan borrowers become a voting bloc with a voice? One Wisconsin Now, the liberal advocacy group headquartered in Madison, says yes.
Capital Times
The explosion in student loan debt has caused borrowers across the nation to spend an average of more than 20 years to pay off their higher education debt.
One Wisconsin Institute

We need elected officials willing to fight for us. Instead, Johnson has shown us exactly who he is: an embarrassment to Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Research conducted by the liberal advocacy group, One Wisconsin Institute, found Wisconsin residents with student loan debt were paying nearly $500 a month for more than 20 years.
Capital Times
The One Wisconsin survey found that the average monthly loan payment for respondents of all educational attainment — some college but no degree through graduate degree — was $388 a month. The...
Capital Times

The One Wisconsin [Institute] survey found that the average monthly loan payment for respondents of all educational attainment was $388 a month.
Capital Times
One Wisconsin Institute recently released a report on the economic impact of student loan debt, finding that middle class households with student loan debt are overwhelmingly more likely to rent than to own a home.
Capital Times
Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now has been pointing out for years that as a nation we need to find a way to solve the incredible student loan debt crisis that grips our society.
Capital Times