College tuition costs are skyrocketing across the country, especially here in Georgia, where recent cuts to the HOPE Scholarship have increased the financial burden for thousands of students.
Last week, members of Congress, including Georgia’s U.S. Representative John Lewis, sponsored legislation that could offer free community college for 9 million Americans, saving students an estimated $3,800 a year in tuition on average.
America’s College Promise Act of 2015 is in line with President Obama’s call for college affordability, and could offer badly needed relief for Georgia students who are facing the highest average student loan debt in the nation.
In Georgia, 1.5 million people owe a total of $44 billion in student loans. That’s a number we just can’t afford to increase.
It’s why this community college legislation is so crucial. College affordability and student loan debt are complicated problems that don’t have a single solution. Providing open pathways for students to attend college is a huge step in the right direction, but we have more work to do.
If you or a loved one has student loan debt, you can be part of the solution. Fill out the student loan debt survey today and speak up about your experience.