As the 2016 landscape gets formed, likely presidential candidate Martin O’Malley endorsed debt-free college last Friday in an op-ed and a national email to supporters, where he declared, “Our ultimate goal should be simple: every student should be able to go to college debt-free.” Check out his email below.
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From: Martin O’Malley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 9:35 AM
Subject: Debt free college
Sounds like a pipe dream? It shouldn’t be.
When my dad returned home from flying a B-24 Liberator in WWII, the GI bill was what enabled him to go to school, open a law practice, and support a family.
Today, our kids aren’t getting the same bargain that my dad did.
The majority of students are graduating with significant debt. This is debt big enough for the down payment on a new house. And instead of buying a house or starting a business, recent graduates are struggling not to default on their student loans.
It’s outrageous that we can figure out a way to bail out big banks, but we can’t figure out a way to make college affordable.
In Maryland, we saw this trend, and we refused to give up. We froze tuition at public four-year institutions, invested in higher education and financial aid, and took steps to make sure our high school students were graduating with a degree that’s already worth something.
Now it’s time, as a country, that we do even more. Our ultimate goal should be simple: every student should be able to go to college debt-free.
Today, I’m offering some ideas to tackle this problem of student loan debt head-on.
We can make college affordable, and we can start by making sure our students …