One senior shared a story of living out of his car this past summer to be able to afford college courses, even with federal student loans, and a mother of two high-schoolers said she and her husband would be lucky to pay off their own student loans before their kids enter their college careers.
"It seems like their (students) lives are put on hold. They want to be responsible. They want to pay for their own bills. They want to be out there working and starting a family, but it's the student-loan debt that really holds them back," said Waterloo's
Braley used the stories shared to paint a picture of the alternative option if he loses the
"I have a proven record of working across the aisle to move these (college affordability) issues forward for
He pointed to his own votes to expand the federal Pell grants, keep a lower interest rate on student loans and preserve college tax credits as among the ways he has helped address the issue.
Ernst's campaign spokeswoman
"Joni believes that to preserve access to higher education we need to focus on attacking the reason it is becoming unaffordable: exploding tuition costs. Pell grants and federal student loans are a necessary part of the puzzle to make college possible for many Iowans, but do not solve the root cause of the problem," Hamel said in a statement.
Hamel continued, "As her own daughter begins to think about college, Joni will work in the (
Braley, likewise, said more could be done to address the issue as a member of the
Braley said the nearly hour-long event at UNI was insightful, and he was surprised to see how many college students had a plan for their college careers.
"It was clear that these (federal) programs had a profound impact on their business plan and college education, and without these programs, many of these students would be without an opportunity to continue their education. They would be in the workforce, struggling to find a good-paying job," Braley said.
Braley will continue a college affordability tour Tuesday at Drake and Iowa State universities. His tour comes at the same time that the
In response to those critiques, Students for Joni Chairwoman
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