Jackie, Jana and I at the “Debt Hits Hard: Students Seeking a Fair Tuition” event that our Campus Progress chapter put on last Thursday. The panel of speakers included: Bill Shiebler, National Field Director from United States Student Association; Pedro de la Torre III, the Advocacy Senior Associate from Campus Progress; as well as Lindsay McCluskey from Massachusetts Students Uniting.
The speakers discussed how the rising cost of tuition and financial aid cuts are making it harder for people to attend college, and many young people are burdened with mountains of student loan debt. Students of all ages are falling behind as the gap between the rich and the poor widens, and America as a whole is falling far behind other countries. They gave us good advice on how to make our colleges work with us and not against us while seeking a fair tuition, lessening student debt and freezing the current tuition in the state of Kansas.