Survey finds that Mainers are struggling to pay off student loans

Mainers are struggling to pay off their student loans, with their debt impacting everything from car purchases to health care.

That’s according to the results of a new poll from the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The poll surveyed 400 borrowers across the state, mostly online. More than half reported that they delayed major purchases, like cars, because of debt. A quarter of respondents said loan payments forced them to skip medical appointments or prescription drugs.

“And all of that is dragging back the benefits that a higher education degree should be providing to those Mainers and to Maine’s economy,” [said Mario Moretto, the communication director for the center.]

Click here to read the first story, which aired December 1, 2018, on Maine Public Radio.