Cancel student debt


I feel like one of the lucky ones. I graduated from college in 2009 during the Great Recession. Thanks to good grades in high school, my tuition was nearly all covered by scholarships. I was able to pay off $3,200 in student loans in 10 months and haven’t had to think about it since. 

Fast forward 12 years and canceling student debt is a front and center issue. In that time frame, and as a millennial, I have been able to afford a wedding, buy a home, have and afford to raise two children, contribute extra to retirement, and afford trips around the country for vacations. This may not have been possible if I had to pay hundreds of dollars per month for 20 years in student loans.

I support Senator Chuck Schumer’s push for President Joe Biden to use executive action to cancel $50,000 per person of education debt. This would free up tens of millions of people to invest those payments in other areas such as starting a new business, buying a home, or saving for retirement. I plan on e-mailing the White House, saying it’s time President Biden uses his pen to cancel student debt.

— Sarah Reeske, Clinton


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