Throughout the campuses of Pittsburgh, college students are saying that when it comes to student debt, enough is enough.
Last week, the news for students was grim. For the first time ever, the total outstanding student loan debt for our country will exceed $1 trillion. Students are now borrowing twice what they did just a decade ago.
That’s a huge problem in itself, but when you think about how post-graduates aren’t finding jobs in this economy, you realize that this will be the next economic bubble that bursts.
That’s why, last Friday, students decided to take matters into their own hands by delivering petitions to their university presidents, asking for immediate freezes on tuition.
Watch the news report from KDKA:
The students from CCAC were able to meet with school administrators, and voiced concerns about the tuition increases that will take effect in January:
“About fifteen students of various ages petitioned CCAC President Alex Johnson to freeze tuition rates at Fall 2011 levels, presenting administrators with a large placard filled out with dozens of students’ signatures.
The students say they’ve already finalized their financial aid packages for the entire academic year, so the January 2012 tuition increases will represent out-of-pocket costs for almost every one of them.”
But at PITT, the administration wasn’t as receptive towards meeting with the students, instead choosing to lock Chancellor Mark Nordenberg’s office and have police stand in front of the chancellor’s door. The students, however, refuse to give up:
“Unable to meet with the Chancellor on Friday, Pitt students vowed that they would come back to his office in the days and weeks ahead until they had a chance to meet with him and other university officials about their plan to freeze tuition at Pitt.”
Students are taking control of their future, and One Pittsburgh has their backs.
The next round of action will be happening soon, and we’ll keep you posted.