Off and running? Starting life $23,000 in debt – Affordable College Tuition
Off and running? Starting life $23,000 in debt

Students at Virginia Commonwealth University recently voiced their concerns in a video interview with ACT Now! about the effects of ever-rising college tuition costs. For many students, the result is an unbearable load of debt facing them at the beginning of their post-college life.

“It’s really daunting, when you’re 18 knowing you’re already $23,000 in debt. I’m 18 and I’m starting out my life like this?” questioned one exasperated student.

Even students who choose to begin their college careers at more affordable local institutions feel the pinch.

“Coming from a community college, I many not have as much as maybe some people around here, but through the past year and a half being here, I’ve most definitely accumulated a decent amount of debt,” said the student.

For another student, accumulating tuition debt forced them to break up their college attendance, and it gave them serious pause about their future lifestyle and plans.

“I wasn’t able to go four consecutive years because the debt was piling up and piling up and piling up. It’s kind of like setting me back to where I won’t be able to progress in my life because of it,” the student said.

Unfortunately for these state-supported school students, recent bills proposed to address higher education reform were defeated.

But the battle continues, and you can help.

To sign our petition telling elected officials you support higher education reform, visit our ACTion Center here.


Transcript of VCU student interviews:

Q: How has student debt affected you?

Student 1: It’s really daunting, when you’re 18 knowing I’m already $23,000 in debt. I’m 18 and I’m starting out my life like this?

Student 2: Coming from a community college, not as much as maybe some people around here, but through the past year and a half being here, I’ve most definitely accumulated a decent amount of debt.

Student 3: I wasn’t able to go four consecutive years because the debt was piling up and piling up and piling up. It’s kind of like setting me back to where I won’t be able to progress in my life because of it.