Not at 6.8 percent interest on $200,000, she won't.
"My loan company, my accountant and my banker, they all three flat out told me there was no way I was going to be able to buy a car, run my business, buy a house or have a family if I have to pay that amount of money," she said.
Those students aren't ready to go to college, he said. And many who do find their way to a campus have stories such as one student at Northern who applied for grant aid through the Student Services program. Burkett read part of his grant application, where he described paying for all his tuition and fees through loans, and how his older sister was helping him financially by working an overnight shift at Target while taking care of his four other siblings.
No help getting aid
Stories such as Schomp's have ripple effects in other ways, said Steve O'Brien, the incoming vice president of the South Dakota Education Association and a teacher in Watertown. In South Dakota, where a beginning teacher's salary is just under $30,000 and average college debt is about $26,000, many would be educators are giving up ambitions to work in the public sector as educators and opting for higher paying opportunities instead, O'Brien said.
"I am working with a very strict budget because my parents have not been involved in my life," the student wrote. "Receiving any kind of aid . would be tremendously helpful and take a lot of pressure off my older sister, allowing her to focus on my siblings who need her support back in Minnesota."
The burden of high student debt is only part of the problem, said Rocky Burkett, the Upward Bound director at Northern State University. He works with low income high school students in programs meant to steer them toward college. And once there, he's part of a Student Services program that provides grant aid among other things to encourage those students to stay in college.
By the time she hung her shingle as Inspire Chiropractic, Schomp had accrued $200,000 in school loans. The monthly payback on that if she could afford it was $3,000.
Jack Warner, executive director of the state Board of Regents, said the United States ranks 12th or 13th among developed countries for educational attainment. That ranking already includes the higher income students, Warner said. It's going to get better only if higher education can lure more lower income students to their campuses and make sure they graduate, he said.
Such concerns were clear at Thursday's roundtable as well.
"Debt has changed the discussion," he said. "Now you come in with Adidas Tech Super Size Chart
It's students like that low income, having to work long hours to pay for college and maybe dropping courses to ease the cost and lighten their load that tend to drop out the most, Warner said. That's the trend America needs to reverse, he said.
"What that ignored is the public benefit of having a highly educated population," Warner said. "What they found was, loans have virtually no effect on encouraging low income students to get college degrees. Grants do. The purchasing power of Pell grants has remained the most powerful inducement to low income students."
At almost $1.3 trillion, student debt trails only mortgage Adidas Sl Rise Grey & White Shoes debt in America, Johnson reminded participants Thursday morning in a roundtable discussion on college affordability at Augustana College.
of college and was not the best way to help former students manage their debt. economic growth as student loan payments take ever bigger chunks of workers' paychecks.
over grants, Warner said. He understands the rationale behind that it's a private benefit, and because college graduates can make more money than their nongraduate counterparts, making them more likely to pay back loans.
an actual economic detriment; you have to service that debt. People say, 'If I can't pay my bills, I can't get into education. I can't philosophize that away. I can't cut corners on other budget items. I just can't.' "
"Unlike mortgages, however, student borrowers are unable to take advantage of certain low interest rates and are stuck with high interest rate loans," the Democratic senator said.
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Burkett said he sees too many small town high schools in the state that have had to eliminate guidance counselors because of state budget cuts. So now low income students, in particular, have no one to guide them through the financial aid applications, or to help them with scholarship forms.
In June, a bill sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D Mass., would have allowed primarily students with loans owned or guaranteed by the Department of Education to refinance them.
It was the kind of story that Sen.
Brooke Schomp's dream of becoming a chiropractor in her hometown of Chamberlain came with a hefty price tag.
But Schomp can't afford it. Even on an income based repayment plan, and with a good paying job, she's lucky if she can handle $300 a month. At that rate, she says, the bill might never get paid.
Loans vs. grants
Cost of college leaves many students behind
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