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Students will graduate with the least debt at these Florida colleges and universities

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Students will graduate with the least debt at these Florida colleges and universities

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Students will graduate with the least debt at these Florida colleges and universities

The amount of debt college students run up has been rising dramatically in recent decades, a worrying trend that has complicated the lives of millions of adults and rippled through national politics. In Florida, state leaders have made it a priority to keep tuition rates low in public universities and colleges. As a result many of the state’s schools are considered high-value degrees, with some of the lowest tuition rates in the nation. But the amount of debt students take on still varies considerably from school to school. [Source: Palm Beach Post]

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