Citizens say student debt is not NH’s problem - 234 citizens, 601 responses

Aug 02, 2015

Citizens say student debt is not NH’s problem (8/2/2015,  234 citizens, 601 responses)

In the wake of a study showing that average debt for students graduating from NH colleges was the largest in the country, the LFDA decided to put the issue to Facebook members, asking, “Should NH take action to alleviate student debt?”

A total of 81% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of these a 71% majority opposed taking action relating to student debt relief, with 29% in favor. Of the remaining respondents, 18% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 1% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 234 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 601 responses. 

Opponents of government action to relieve student debt argued that student loans were a matter of personal responsibility. “Don’t expect someone else to pick up any of your tab,” one commenter wrote. “These people have to make educated decisions and be held accountable for their choices,” another wrote. “I think students should take the initiative to deal with their own debt,” a respondent said. 

Supporters countered with statements on the greater benefits of keeping education affordable for young people. “NH should cap student debt based on a projected percentage of earnings upon graduation,” one suggested. “Tuitions have gone way up. It’s not like it was before,” another respondent pointed out. “Nobody here is talking about a free ride. Just a fair one,” a citizen argued. 

Those opting not to give a yes or no response to the question discussed broader issues related to student debt and education. “I advocate taking government out of the loan business altogether,” one respondent suggested. “NH needs to create a great workforce pool to retain the graduates,” another argued.

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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