Yet another important piece of legislation aimed at helping Americans struggling with student loan debt was blocked in
Students, parents, educators and Pres.
High student loan debt negatively impacts NEA members and their students as potential teachers reconsider their career choice in favor of a more profitable profession that will enable them to have less debt or to pay their debt back sooner.
"Our students can't afford to have potentially great teachers leave the classroom because they can't afford the high cost of the education needed for them to be successful," said former Student Virginia Education Association President
"Student loan debt has been the driving force of my decisions for the last eight years of my life, and according to my current repayment plan, it is projected to be for the next 25 years of my life, well into the years for which I should be planning a retirement. It should not be that way."
NEA launched its "Degrees Not Debt" campaign earlier this year to draw attention to the need for an increase in need-based student aid, more affordable student loans, expanded loan forgiveness programs and institutional aid hikes.
"Educators believe all students should have a fair shot at a college education so they can pursue their dreams. Today's students are tomorrow's educators, doctors, nurses, engineers, and scientists--the next generation of innovators who will drive our country and our economy forward," said Van Roekel.
For more information on NEA's Degrees Not Debt campaign, please click here. http://www.nea.org/home/degreesnotdebt.html
Follow NEA at twitter.com/neamedia. Join the conversation by using the #DegreesNotDebt hashtag.
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