High school graduation.
In communities all across Georgia, high school seniors are lining up, Pomp and Circumstance is playing and proud family members are cheering as new graduates receive their diplomas.
It’s a happy occasion, a time for celebration.
A time for hope, but also a time for worry.
Soon, many of these new graduates will take the next step toward their dreams by starting classes at a college, technical school or university right here in Georgia.
But now, more than ever before, these promising young adults are worried about how they’ll pay for the education they need to succeed.
Will the student loans they need to pay for college obligate them to a lifetime of debt?
Too often, the answer is yes.
You might be one of these new college freshmen, or maybe your son or daughter will enroll this August. Or maybe you, or someone you know, are one of the 1.45 million Georgians with student loan debt.
If you are, you might be just as worried as I am about this year’s freshman class.
Student loan debt is not just an important issue. It is a full-blown crisis that threatens our economy at every level, and our leaders under the Gold Dome are way behind on addressing it.
43 million Americans owe $1.3 TRILLION in student loan debt.
Over a million of those borrowers are Georgians who owe $44 billion – an average of more than $30,000 each, the second-highest amount in the entire country.
The most important gift we can give our graduates is our commitment to finding sensible solutions for the student loan crisis – and it all begins with you.
By taking just 90 seconds to complete this confidential, five question survey you can make a difference.
Tell us what you think.
We’re ready to take action, but we can’t do it without your feedback. Our state leaders need to know how the student loan crisis affects you, and how Georgians want to fix it.
We’ll share your opinions with our elected leaders. They need to hear from you, It’s quick, easy and confidential. I hope you’ll fill it out now.