A new report by the Education Department found that nearly half of the states that took part in a pilot study to help states deal with rising student loan debt have the lowest percentage of borrowers with loan forgiveness.

In contrast, 42 states had the highest share of borrowers whose loans were discharged.

The average rate of repayment for borrowers who received loan forgiveness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia was 4.8 percent.

But states that received the lowest rate of forgiveness were Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia.

States with the highest rates of repayment included Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Hawaii.

States that received loan relief in only a handful of states had high rates of forgiveness.