Protesters Who Attended Second-Rate College Would Like People Who Only Finished Second-Rate High School To Pay Their Loans

PORTLAND, Maine — Members of OccupyMaine gathered in Monument Square Wednesday to recognize what student protesters across the country called “Trillion-dollar Day,” as student debt in America reached the 10-digit mark. The occupiers — who as a group have remained active since the city-ordered dispersal of their 4-month-old tent community in Lincoln Park in early February — blamed the growing student debt bubble on skyrocketing tuition costs and “predatory” lenders. “Some people in my parents’ generation don’t understand why we can’t just ‘get jobs and pay for it,’ but tuition rates since 1979 have gone up by more than 800 percent,” University of Southern Maine student Jacob Lowry, who has participated in Occupy events in Portland and Washington, D.C., said Wednesday. “There’s a misconception when you’re talking about student loan debt that we’re asking for handouts. … What we’re talking about is a more equitable society in which everyone can afford an education.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

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2 Comments for “Protesters Who Attended Second-Rate College Would Like People Who Only Finished Second-Rate High School To Pay Their Loans”

  1. [...] Protesters Who Attended Second-Rate College Would Like People Who Only Finished Second-Rate High School To Pay Their Loans [...]

  2. Gringo

    I agree with the protester that college tuition is too damned high. Tuition has shot up in accordance with the easy availability of loans for attending college. Colleges and universities need to vastly reduce their costs. A good start would be to cut administrative staffs in half, whose growth have vastly outpaced growth in student enrollment in the last 30 years.

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