MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- When a student graduates from West Virginia University, they depart Morgantown with debts averaging more than $20,000.
WVU's financial aid office is attempting to prepare students throughout their college years for the harsh reality of paying off those loans.
The Dominion Post (http://bit.ly/10uxDXy ) reports that a financial aid class is part of freshmen orientation, and financial aid counseling is required for students when they graduate.
For graduate students, they leave WVU with about $23,500 in debts. When private loans are included, the figures increase for undergrads and graduate students.
The graduate student figure includes professions such as doctors and lawyers. Those students can often leave their programs with more than $100,000 in debt.