5 local colleges above average in 2011 student debt

October 25, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 7:20 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Dan Miner

October 25, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2012 at 7:20 AM EDT

D'Youville College graduates sported the highest level debt among Western New York colleges in 2011, followed by a series of other small, private schools, according to data compiled by the Project on Student Debt at The Institute for College Access & Success.

University at Buffalo graduates had the lowest amount of debt, according to the report, which can be seen here.

Across the country, students graduated with an average of $26,600 in student loan debt in 2011, up from $25,250 in 2010. Those students still face a tough job market, with national unemployment for young college graduates falling slowly from 2010's record high of 9.1, according to the report. That rate was 8.8 percent in 2011.

Five local colleges were shown to be above the national average in the report, including: D'Youville ($36,168), St. Bonaventure University ($34,622), Canisius College ($33,918, according to 2010 statistics), Alfred University ($31,159) and Villa Maria College ($30,353).

Following are the rest of the Western New York-based colleges:

SUNY Fredonia: $26,192.

Buffalo State College: $22,565.

University at Buffalo: $17,760.

Daemen College: $27,444, according to 2010 statistics.

Medaille College: $22,000, according to 2010 statistics.

Niagara University: $26,406.

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