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The Cap Times is examining the student debt burden in Wisconsin and wants to tell stories of how student loans affect the lives of citizens here. 

Nationwide, there are 44 million borrowers that hold nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. In Wisconsin, students have an average of $29,460 of debt from school, according to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success. It is estimated there are over 900,000 Wisconsin residents with student loan debt.

That is a lot people, a lot of money and it is still growing.

With our series, we will look at how we got here, how Wisconsin compares to other states and who is making money as student debt mounts. 

We are doing a survey to get a read on how concerned Wisconsin student debt holders are, and how their debt is affecting their lives. Please feel free to share this survey within your networks.

Do you have student loan debt? Please complete our survey here.

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Katelyn Ferral is The Cap Times' public affairs and investigative reporter. She joined the paper in 2015 and previously covered the energy industry for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. She's also covered state politics and government in North Carolina.