Here’s a great infographic summarizing student loan debt by school type and by state. Here’s the basics: 7/10 graduates of non-profit colleges graduate with an average student loan debt of $28,950. The average amount of debt is rising at twice the speed of inflation over the last decade. This is all just more evidence that student debt should be avoided all together if at all possible. And it is possible. I avoided it all the way through dental school and you can too if you follow my guidance.