From 2012 to 2017, the report found, the number of borrowers in Hawaii who are 60 or older and have student loan debt increased by 25 percent to nearly 10,500 people.
Their average debt balance: Nearly $17,000 (up 11 percent from five years ago).
And altogether, their debt balance equates to $388 million. That's up 43 percent from 2012.
Additionally, more than 1,500 student loan borrowers in Hawaii who are 60 or older are in delinquency, up 45 percent from 2012.
No state is immune from the problem.
The number of older borrowers had increased by at least 20 percent from 2012 in every state. In more than half of states, the increase was 46 or more.
"Consumer complaints show that older borrowers who are repaying loans for their own education, co-signing loans for someone else’s education, or borrowing on their children’s behalf, may struggle to repay these loans while living on fixed incomes during retirement," the organization said.