Stop The Downpour of Student Debt
College is too expensive. Students are receiving less aid and having to pay more in tuition. We are having to decide between paying for tuition or keeping food in our kitchens, paying for child care or that required new edition of a textbook. Student loan debt is still incredibly high and many Oregonians are deciding to leave the state following graduation. Oregon ranks 47TH in the nation for funding per student, well below the national average.
Lower the overall cost of attending a public university or community college in Oregon needs to be a priority for elected officials. The state must make significant financial investments in public post-secondary education in order to ensure that education remains accessible and affordable.
Students are currently advocating for funding to achieve tuition freezes. Our budget asks for the 2019 session are:
- $1 billion for the Public Universities Support Fund
- $787 million for the Community College Support Fund
- $252 million for the Oregon Opportunity Grant
High textbook prices are also a huge burden to students who struggle to pay for tuition and the cost of living. Additionally, the cost of tuition is increasing disproportionately to the increase in wages. OSA will partner with the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to ensure the continuation of a fully funded coordinator for the Open Educational Resources and promote utilization and promotion.
Contact your Legislative Director, Perla, to get involved and advocate for students who can’t afford the high cost of tuition.