Table 2-6
Master's degree recipients with debt from graduate student loans upon graduation and average amount owed, by broad field: 1999–2000 and 2007–08
 
  1999–2000a   2007–08b
Field With debt from master's
degree program (%)
Average amount owed
(constant 2000 dollars)c
  With debt from master's
degree program (%)
Average amount owed
(constant 2000 dollars)c
 
All fields 40.1 23,366   53.8 28,375
S&E 41.1 22,954   51.3 27,282
Non-S&E 40.2 22,452   57.9 30,000
 

aData as of late 2000.
bData as of late 2008.
cAverage excludes respondents who did not owe any money from their master's degree program upon graduation.

NOTE: Debt is total amount owed on all loans for graduate education.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, special tabulations (2011) of 1999–2000 and 2007–08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS: 2000 and NPSAS: 2008), http://nces.ed.gov/datalab/index.aspx.

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