By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — The average student loan debt in Pennsylvania is now more than $37,000, the second-highest total in the country.READ MORE: Lou Barletta To Enter Pennsylvania's GOP Stakes For Governor
The numbers were released Thursday by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who is calling for more help for students struggling to pay for college. DePasquale wants the state to create an independent “Office of Student Loan Advocate.”READ MORE: How To Maintain Healthy Relationships, Exercise Proper Etiquette With Your Neighbors
“A student loan advocate at the state level could help students and families better understand all their options when it comes to paying for higher education, as well as the pitfalls of taking on too much debt,” DePasquale said.MORE NEWS: Father, Sons Displaced After Harrison Twp. House Fire
His recommendation came on the same day he released a follow-up audit of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.