Despite one of the nation’s lowest in-state tuition rates, many Floridians continue to struggle with student loan repayments and the often-prohibitive costs of a college education. Results from a new statewide survey show that a majority are in favor of policies that would provide additional relief for borrowers and expand educational access.

The survey of 600 Floridians — recently conducted at the University of South Florida — examined public opinions about student loan forgiveness, free college tuition and the broader importance of education in American society. The data come just months before a federal pause on student loan repayments is set to expire, with numerous interest groups and political leaders pressuring the Biden administration for additional relief.

According to the survey results, a majority of Floridians appear to support such relief efforts, with 67% of respondents saying that the temporary pause on repayments should be extended. Among them, 28% said that the pause should be extended until the end of 2021, while 39% favored extending it into 2022.

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