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The intent of the student debt goal is to increase access and persistence, expand students’ options for careers after graduation, and advance other life choices. Helping students complete credentials and balance debt load will help the state achieve the 60x30TX goals and will lead to healthier individual finances among graduates and a stronger state economy.

To ensure improvement throughout the plan years, Texas set statewide benchmarks of 60 percent for 2020, 2025 and 2030, holding debt to the 2012 average. These benchmarks ensure student loan debt levels stay in balance with the earning potential of credentials.

GOAL ONE - 60x30: EDUCATED POPULATION at a Glance

Measures the percent of the Texas population with a postsecondary credential and counts each individual once, including:

- Those who migrate into Texas with credentials

- Those who receive credentials in-state

Focuses on 25- to 34-year-old residents

Includes credentials earned over multiple years

Includes professional and doctoral degrees

Focuses on the percentage of credentials needed to remain globally competitive

GOAL TWO - COMPLETION at a Glance

Measures the number of credentials Texas institutions of higher education produce each year

Targets all higher education students

Identifies the number of credentials needed to reach this goal by ethnicity, gender, and economic disadvantage

Strengthens the Educated Population goal by increasing the number of educated Texans who contribute to the state’s workforce

GOAL THREE - MARKETABLE SKILLS at a Glance

Includes interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas that are valued by employers, and are primary or complementary to a major

Help students identify their marketable skills and communicate them to employers

GOAL FOUR - STUDENT DEBT at a Glance

Three groups directly influence affordability: Students, two- and four-year institutions, and the state

Finance higher education to provide balance among appropriations, tuition and fees, and financial aid

Implement student financial literacy programs

Fund grants for eligible students

Reduce time to degree through alternative degree pathways