Essay on Student Loan Debt Should be Forgiven

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Does the amount of student loan debt have an effect on the economy? If so would forgiving student loan debt help lower the national debt or would it just increase it? According to Mary Claire Fischer, a writer for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, “two-thirds of students who receive bachelor’s degrees leave college with an average debt of twenty-six thousand dollars” (Fischer). This means that the average student debt has doubled since 2007 (Ross 24). The total student loan debt is $1.2 trillion with $1 trillion being from federal student loans (Denhart). This debt accounts for six percent of our nation’s $16.7 trillion debt (Denhart). Since student loan debt is such a big part of the national debt, if the student…show more content…
A graduate who wants to be a public school teacher has the option of applying to the Teacher Forgiveness Program. In this program up to “seventeen thousand five hundred dollars of federal Stafford loans or the entirety of their Perkins loans can be forgiven in exchange for five consecutive full-time years as a teacher at certain low-income elementary or secondary schools” (Atteberry). This sounds like an excellent program, but what if the graduate student cannot find a job at one of these schools? The economy is not very good in today’s society and many schools are facing budget cuts. These budget cuts often effect the teachers by their salary. Also, if the teacher in the Teacher Forgiveness Program got laid off because of budget cuts before their five years where up then none of their loan would be paid. Another option that students with debt may take would be joining the military. The military has its own loan forgiveness program. Another thing that the military has is strict rules about who can be in the military. People in the military rather it is the Army or the National Guard have to be healthy. It is not someone’s fault if they are not in perfect condition because for the most part our health is out of our hands. Basic things like not smoking
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