College grad in debt
To the editor: Having recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire, I am now in the position of having to pay back my substantial student loans. In this, I am not alone, I am but one of many. In point of fact, New Hampshire has the highest amount of students in debt, as well as the amount of that debt. According to recent statistics, 75% of all NH college students have substantial financial commitment, with the typical student accruing on average, $32,440 in debt. Our state senator, Sam Cataldo, has repeatedly voted against funding of the University of New Hampshire system. I find it frustrating that we have a senator who feels that the people least able to afford it, should have to shoulder the greater financial burden of educational costs.
Richard Leonard, in contrast, has a true commitment to funding our higher education system here in New Hampshire. Currently, he serves as an Advisory Council Member on the Strafford County UNH Extension Service. He cites the service’s defunding as one of the reasons why he decided to run for office. Richard Leonard is committed to building a university system where all students can receive the training and opportunities necessary to grow in their chosen career. On the other hand, Senator Sam Cataldo has continued to support a system in which only those who are financially affluent can benefit. In the upcoming election we have a decision to make: do we maintain the status quo, or do we opt for real change?
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