I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the astronomical student debt in this country.
According to a 2013 study by the Institute for College Access and Success, 66 percent of our own Nittany Lions graduated with an average of $35,430 in student loan debt. My parents did a significant amount of financial planning before I was born and continued to make considerable sacrifices once I was here in order to give me the best gift of all — a free college education.
As a future educator, I know that I will be subject to continuing education, thus forcing me to take out student loans. The high student loan debt I will accumulate will hinder my ability to adequately stock and support my classroom. It is unfortunate that the next generation of students will be unfairly punished for the lack of resources their teachers now have.
Penn State President Eric Barron should continue his fight to make college more affordable and provide quality loan exit counseling to students who are borrowing. Students should be well informed of their options when it comes to the financials of student loans.
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Barron’s support of the Higher Education Act and the Student Aid Bill of Rights would help to increase the overall funding of public higher education. We all need to join in the fight to give every student equal access to a higher education.