Late last week, President Obama gave the commencement speech at a tiny community college in South Dakota. His message? That affordable higher education must be a top priority for our country.
“As a country we can’t afford to let any striving American be priced out of the education they need to get ahead,” he said.
The president is right. Students must be able to attend college without an unbearable financial burden.
But a big part of that is not just making college affordable for future generations. It’s addressing a crisis that already affects millions of Americans every single day – overwhelming student loan debt.
Do you have student loan debt? If so, it’s not surprising. Hundreds of thousands of Georgians do. As a matter fact, the average student loan borrower in Georgia owes over $30,000 – the second highest amount in the nation.
The staggering student loan debt owed by Georgians is not just a problem. It’s a full-blown crisis – a crisis our Governor and our lawmakers are ignoring.
This crushing debt affects everyday Georgians who are just trying to create better lives for themselves and their families. Many students are being preyed upon by for-profit colleges that game the system and leave students with a sub-par education and an Ivy League-level bill to pay.
Student loan debt not only affects many of us individually, it hurts our whole economy. Burdened by the heavy weight of long-term debt, fewer people are able to buy their first home, start a new business or invest in their future. We must treat this like the crisis it is, and that’s exactly what Better Georgia is doing.
We’re bringing attention to this issue and advocating for reform. You can be a part of it. Did you know that for only $8, you can make sure our community finally tackles this crisis?
As we launch this groundbreaking campaign, you’ll want to be a part of it. Give $8 today.
Together, we can make sure Georgians aren’t priced out of the education we need to get ahead.