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“How big of a problem do you think student debt is in the U.S.?”

Written by | February 28, 2013

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Marcus Gibson, 26, a senior liberal arts student, disagreed with the others. “I don’t think it’s as big of a problem as everyone else thinks it is. I do think it’s a problem, I just think we think about it the wrong way. Everyone who goes to this school would be fine if we were taxed 50 percent of our income, as long as we got free education,” Gibson said. “But when we pay $400 a month in student loan debt, that’s basically a tax for people who went to school. It’s a debt that you can expect to take to your grave, but if you think about it like it’s a tax that you pay for only when you went to school, then it’s not really a big deal, at least to me, because I want to live in a socialized country where I pay taxes and I get to go to school for free.”

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Grant Kaufman, 22, a senior film student, thinks the student debt situation is really bad. “The money that we put in towards higher education for students is almost nothing. And there are students that can’t even afford to go to graduate school once they graduate from undergraduate,” Kaufman said. “It’s definitely a rough time. Our priorities aren’t going into the resources that they need to be to grow as a society.”

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Junior art student Zach Lafferty, 21, believes student debt is a pretty big problem. “We spend too much money on other things,” Kaufman said. “Our tax money goes towards other things.”

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Sophomore civil engineering student Emily Smith, 20, said there are a lot of problems with it. “I guess it’s just because it’s a lot different than how other countries tend to do it,” Smith said. “It would be awesome to just have all my schooling paid off, instead of worrying about it. But I’m not an expert.”

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Aleah Stephens, 22, an anthropology senior, thinks that there is a really big problem. “I just don’t think it’s fair that you have to go into such debt just to get an education. I kind of feel like that’s one of our basic human rights that we should be given,” Stephens said. “A lot of people are too frightened to go into debt, or don’t have the ability to go into debt, and can’t even get an education. So not only does it stop people from getting it, [but] even if you choose to get it, it still sucks.”

Marcus Gibson, 26, a senior liberal arts student, disagreed with the others. “I don’t think it’s as big of a problem as everyone else thinks it is. I do think it’s a problem, I just think we think about it the wrong way. Everyone who goes to this school would be fine if we were taxed 50 percent of our income, as long as we got free education,” Gibson said. “But when we pay $400 a month in student loan debt, that’s basically a tax for people who went to school. It’s a debt that you can expect to take to your grave, but if you think about it like it’s a tax that you pay for only when you went to school, then it’s not really a big deal, at least to me, because I want to live in a socialized country where I pay taxes and I get to go to school for free.”Grant Kaufman, 22, a senior film student, thinks the student debt situation is really bad. “The money that we put in towards higher education for students is almost nothing. And there are students that can’t even afford to go to graduate school once they graduate from undergraduate,” Kaufman said. “It’s definitely a rough time. Our priorities aren’t going into the resources that they need to be to grow as a society.”Junior art student Zach Lafferty, 21, believes student debt is a pretty big problem. “We spend too much money on other things,” Kaufman said. “Our tax money goes towards other things.”Sophomore civil engineering student Emily Smith, 20, said there are a lot of problems with it. “I guess it’s just because it’s a lot different than how other countries tend to do it,” Smith said. “It would be awesome to just have all my schooling paid off, instead of worrying about it. But I’m not an expert.”Aleah Stephens, 22, an anthropology senior, thinks that there is a really big problem. “I just don’t think it’s fair that you have to go into such debt just to get an education. I kind of feel like that’s one of our basic human rights that we should be given,” Stephens said. “A lot of people are too frightened to go into debt, or don’t have the ability to go into debt, and can’t even get an education. So not only does it stop people from getting it, [but] even if you choose to get it, it still sucks.”
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