The ten "worst" states for student debt, according to WalletHub, are places where students and former students carry the highest levels of debt, and their opportunities to mitigate their debt either upstream (while in school) or downstream (after graduation) are limited. It's notable that the ten worst states are all situated along a seaboard -- with the exception of one.
WalletHub's methodology addressed two major categories: "Loan Indebtedness" (weighing the average student debt in a single state, proportion of students in debt, debt as a percentage of income, percentage in default, percentage of loan-borrowers over the age of 50) and "Grant and Work Opportunities for Students" (availability of student jobs, paid internships, and grants).
As the cost of tuition (and room and board) continues to climb, and strategies to avoid student loans continue to weaken, all that's left is to accept your fate and sign on the dotted line. In that event, you'll need some strategies for the inevitable: life after you enter into repayment. One thing worth noting: when a list like this refers to "student debt," it's not just students carrying that debt. It's their parents, sometimes, who secure loans on behalf of their college-age kids.