Student Debt: Public Good or Private Problem?

January 15, 2016

Student-Debt-Roundtable-Poster-FINAL-for-webBy Hayley Zablotsky / John V. Roach Honors College

Over the last 25 years, the cost of a four-year college education has risen 440 percent. This is four times more than the rate of inflation during the same amount of time. Because of this trend, college students face more and more debt — currently more than $1.2 trillion.

Join the TCU Government Affairs and Advocacy Program (GAAP) and the John V. Roach Honors College for an on-campus discussion titled Student Debt: Public Good or Private Problem? An Evening of Dining & Discussion.

When: January 27, 2016
Where: Kelly Center Ballroom
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

TCU student moderator of the event Bryan Tony emphasized the importance of this topic for TCU students.

“I care about this issue because it has lasting, long-term effects on students both in college and after graduation,” Tony said. This topic is especially timely at TCU where tuition has increased 4-to-5 percent each year the past few years.

“I see the rising tuition rates as a serious weight holding back our economy,” Tony said. “College is becoming less accessible for first generation and low-income students who have tons of untapped potential if they do not receive a college education.”

The topic of student debt is also important because the issue may be a focal point of the 2016 presidential election.

The on-campus discussion will feature a visit from José Eduardo Sánchez, the Southern director for Young Invincibles. The mission of Young Invincibles is to empower young adults by improving economic opportunities.

Says Sánchez, “$1.3 trillion in student debt is a national crisis, and this growing debt number has implications not just for individual student borrowers, but for our generation’s economic outlook as a whole. We’ll break down the issue of student debt so that we can all understand how we got here, but most importantly, we’ll focus on how our generation can actually do something about it.”

Check out Young Invincibles website here http://younginvincibles.org/ and more about Sánchez here http://younginvincibles.org/about/our-team/#jose.

The event is free to TCU students, but there are a limited number of spaces for this discussion and dinner! Register today by following this link: http://governmentaffairs.tcu.edu/student-debt-panel/.

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