The average UNI student now leaves college with just over $22,000 in debt. While that's still a large sum of money, it's $4,000 lower than the figure from ten years ago and $10,000 lower than the national average.
UNI President Mark Nook gives much of the credit to a program at UNI called "Live Like a Student." UNI students are given a free, three-week non-credit course that includes financial planning that helps them examine their spending habits. The school also requires students who take out a private loan to meet one-on-one with a financial counselor about their expenses and financial aid package.
Nook says financial literacy is an important skill for college students to have. He calls "Live Like a Student" a "remarkable program" that is now drawing national attention.