Many said that, after paying for tuition, they used the loans to pay for food, rent, childcare and medical bills. Some repaid loans.
"We were surprised by this answer, but not 100 percent surprised,"
More than 1,500
Because many did not choose standard multiple choices provided -- they answered "other" -- it's unclear exactly how many used the money for food or rent. The survey gave a sample of more than 100 answers in which many answered food or rent.
According to the Project on Student Debt,
Eighty-three percent of the class of 2011 graduated with some form of debt in
In April, Interim NDUS Chancellor
Since the 2003-2004 school year, the annual cost to attend
Swanson said that, because of the survey results, the student association plans to support a bill from Sen.
Flakoll said his piece of legislation is meant to help students whose parents make too much for them to qualify for grants but not enough to put them through college.
"I talked to a lot of students and families who are just looking for something to melt away barriers to college," he said. "If we can incentivize more to go on to college and help take away the financial barrier, we certainly have a lot of jobs for them when they're done with college."
But students were split on the issue of affordability according to the survey, with 34 percent responding that tuition was affordable, 38 percent responding that it wasn't and 28 percent responding "maybe."
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