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Published: Thursday, May 24 2012 8:02 p.m. MDT

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On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

We as a nation need to find ways to make college more affordable. Loans don't make college more affordable; they make slaves out of students. Scholarships, research grants, affordable tuition rates, less expensive textbook alternatives, and work opportunities that work around students' schedules make college more affordable. Online learning opportunities can make college more affordable, but only if the cost savings is passed on to the student; unfortunately, most colleges today don't offer discounts for taking online classes even though the associated costs may be drastically lower than the costs of offering brick-and-mortar classes.

Loans will probably always have a place in the how-to-pay-for-college equation, but they shouldn't be the centerpiece.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

There is no reason for the federal government to be in the college loan business at all. Show me where that is permitted by the Constitution.

Especially since we are already $15 Trillion in debt!

This is just one of thousands of different schemes dreamed up by politicians over the years to buy votes by giving away "free stuff." They all need to be eliminated.

Let students borrow money from the private sector if they want to, or save up before going, or join the military for school benefits. Or, in many cases, quit wasting time and money attending college when they are not suited for it or not benefitting from it.

And, we really need to investigate why college costs have more than doubled in the last 10 years when total inflation during that time was only 29.7 percent. Fix that problem and you go a long way to mitigating the need for student loans.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

So what have the GOP and president proposed as an alternative besides doing nothing? Doing nothing and pretending that people don't exist and the economy hasn't collapsed is no longer and alternative. If the president is a leader, and we know that's a joke, he would provide some alternatives rather than a do nothing policy to hide his lack of leadership.

At some point the economy and financial system must be allowed to set its own level of equilibrium to keep the economy from collapsing. Education has become a low priority because of the economic depression we are in and the GOP has run out of places to hide the unemployed and underemployed. And its not because of lack of eduction. Borrowing and debt is a method of hiding poverty and unemployment.

The real danger the GOP and president faces with students leaving schools and being turned loose will raise the unemployment numbers.

Students can wait to finish college after they earn some money rather than keep borrowing themselves in to indentured servitude and financial disaster for 40 years.

raybies
Layton, UT

Sometimes I get really bothered by the fact that I paid off my own student loans.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Ah, yes. Partisan politics at their best. On both sides.

What's the story about fiddling while Rome was burning? Rome -- America. Same thing, isn't it?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

The Democrats plan got over 50 votes, the Republican one didn't even get 40 so many Republicans didn't even support it.

lket
Bluffdale, UT

its not a party thing they are both controled by the corporate world. who wins with higher interst.
banks win again. who diregulated banks. Reagan And Clinton . who won banks and stock holders. who lost when they failed tax payers and the middle class and working poor. who won ceos that got millions even though they almost ruinned america. even when they do a bad job they get extra then they lay of the working class to make stock holders happy. they dont cut costs they cut people. money is god in america. the deadly sin is capitalism. greed is good the inventer of capitalism said. and america love it.

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