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One Minute Speech on the Importance of a Debt-Free College Education

April 22, 2015

Mr. Speaker,

A college education should be within reach of all Americans.

No student who wants to go to college should be turned away because of high tuition costs or for fear of graduating with a high level of student loan debt.

Currently 40 million Americans have student loans – with an average balance of $29,000.

This impacts our entire economy as it prevents young people from buying homes, starting a family, and even buying a car.

Mr. Speaker, we provide high school education for all students because we recognize the advantages for our children and our society.

But a high school education is no longer enough if you want to get a good paying job.

College education is necessary and essential in today’s society in order to move ahead. It is an essential step to getting a good paying job and joining the middle class.

Mr. Speaker, we are stacking the deck against our young people. The cost of higher education is through the roof and student loans are weighing on our youth at one of the most vulnerable points in their lives.

Mr. Speaker, our parents and grandparents didn’t have to take on this level of debt to get an education. It is our responsibility to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities that our parents and grandparents had to access higher education without burdensome student loan debt.