SALEM, N.H. — A new report says New Hampshire is again the top state for college student debt.

The Institute for College Access & Success says students who graduated from New Hampshire colleges owed an average of $32,450 in loans. The California-based organization released its 2011 list late last week.

Among northern New England states, the reports says Vermont students had the eighth-highest debt load, at more than $28,000. Maine ranked 18th with an average student debt of just over $26,000. The national average was $26,600.

Matthew Reed, program director for the institute, told the Eagle Tribune ( that New Hampshire has been at the top of the list for the seven years the study has been done.