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“I look at my student loan statements each month and feel angry and jaded toward a culture that tells poor kids that the only way to make anything of themselves is to take out a ton of loans to MAYBE have a tiny chance at competing for a job that dozens or hundreds of other people are also competing for. I feel like someone tricked me along the way by telling me college was the answer, and I feel stupid for not having questioned that. I did enjoy college. I don’t regret my degree. I DO have a job now. But I don’t think that means the system works. I think that means I’m lucky.”—We Were Poor, And College Was The Answer to All My Problems. (Right?) at The Billfold
“I’m worried that 30,000 3 and 4 year old kids won’t get the benefit we know comes from early education and that our students in public universities and colleges will continue to be buried in debt because we don’t stand up and adequately fund their campuses. I’m worried that kids trapped in poverty through no fault of their own will be denied the best route out and up – a better public education. These kids – our future – deserve these wins and it’s up to us to deliver them.”—
MA Democratic Party Chair
“We Will Lose” via Blue Mass Group
Everything You Need to Know to Apply for Financial Aid for College
There are both federal and private loan options, as well as scholarships and work-study programs.
By EMILY DERUY
So you want to go to go college but have no idea how to pay for it. You’ve heard there are a million options when it comes to financial aid, but every time you try to research them you get overwhelmed and your eyes glaze over.
How about a chart, with pictures?
5 Mindblowing Facts About Student Debt
1. The number of students who have to go into debt to get a bachelor’s degree has risen from 45% in 1993 to 94% today.
2. There is now more than $1 trillion in outstanding student loan debt in the United States.
3. Over the last 10 years, tuition and fees at state schools have increased 72%.
4. During the late 1970s, Ohio spent 17% of their budget on higher education and 4% of prisions. Today, Ohio spends 11% on higher ed and 8% of prisons.
5. This year, national, state and local spending on higher education reached a 25-year low.