As a first-generation college student at Castleton State College, I will be graduating in May with more than $20,000 in student debt. For as long as I can remember, Iíve planned to continue my education and earn a masterís degree in social work. As graduation approaches, Iíve realized that without a full scholarship, I wonít be able to make this happen. My dream of a MSW may not come true because of the debt Iíve accumulated for my undergraduate degree.
Eighty-four percent of Vermont State College students stay and work in Vermont after graduating. I am one of these students. If the state of Vermont would invest more money into Vermont State Colleges, they would be investing in their future workers.
Vermont currently ranks 49th out of 50 states for state funding for higher education. This means students in Vermont graduate with much more student debt than most other states. For being so ahead in so many other important topics than other states, why are we dangerously behind in higher education?
I know my story is the same for many more students in the VSC system. I encourage all of you to call your legislator at 828-2228 and leave a message with the sergeant at arms asking him or her to support the legislation S.40. Your support could help make higher education accessible to many more wishing to pursue it.
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