MISSOULA, Mont. -

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis brought her campaign to Missoula today with a focus on easing the debt burden carried by Montana students as they enter a soft economy.

Recent research shows 65 percent of Montana college students carry an average debt of more than $27,000.  All totaled, that's more than $3 billion.

Curtis says she'll push for legislation to refinance student loan debt at a fixed rate of 4 percent as well as strengthen the Pell Grant program with cost-of-living automatic adjustments.

She also discussed investing in career and technical education programs, empowering students with financial counseling and assisting student veterans. She also wants to forgive student debt for Native American graduates who return to their reservation to work.

Click here for her full proposal.