Our Voices

Student Loans, Not Just for Millenials

By Debbie Westmoreland Baker In 1996, I borrowed $34,000 to become a public school teacher in Oklahoma. When the newly established income-based repayment plans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) were offered in 2007, I inquired about the program and was...

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The Burden of Freeing my Mind

By Julian Armand Cook I was reared on the south side of Chicago by a devoted and powerful single mother who struggled daily to provide for my family. Though our finances were beyond tight, the value of a college education was consistently lifted as an integral part of...

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We Are Failing College Students Who Drop-Out

By Bob Hildreth College graduation ceremonies are just on the horizon. While young graduates are proudly throwing their caps in the air, we must not forget thatforty-one percent of U.S. college students are not graduating with their class and they will not graduate...

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Wheelock, Mount Ida, who is next?

By Bob Hildreth Wheelock and Mount Ida collapsed overnight just like all the banks in 2008. Their sudden closings should bring a shudder to policy makers wondering which college will be next. In 2016, Forbes Magazine forewarned of their closings in its annual college...

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What do Toys”R”US and Wheelock College have in Common?

By Bob Hildreth Decreases in national birth rates have dealt fatal blows to both Toys”R” Us andWheelock College. Empty aisles and empty seats killed them. If low birth rates can destroy a national box store and a prestigious college what else may be vulnerable? The...

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Student Debt Also Affects Veterans!

By Bob Hildreth Veterans are one of the least known demographics suffering under the weight of student loans. Poor data collection coupled with the myth that the Post-GI Bill adequately covers college costs are to blame. A decade in which benefits have increased by...

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Trading Social Security for Student Debt Relief

Trading Social Security for Student Debt Relief

  by Bob Hildreth Whether you like it or not, Congressman Tom Garrett’s proposal linking student debt repayment with social security exactly demonstrates where we at. The student debt repayment crisis has reached such alarming levels that we are ready to ask our...

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