Is the crisis facing Utah higher education students and families genuinely student loan rates? Are student loan rates just a symptom of the larger crisis of ever-rising tuition rates? A broader question; is it the role of the federal government to keep student loan rates low, as declared by Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah?
I submit that the crisis facing students of higher education is not the loan rates but rising tuition rates. The federal government should be focused on the cause of the crisis (tuition costs) and not a symptom (student loan rates). With the passage of the Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, HR1911, once again a special interest group (higher education) has taken control of the debate and Congress has missed an opportunity to address the real crisis facing our children as they seek higher education, which should be available to all citizens of this great country.
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