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Zornio: 3 key takeaways from President Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan

Last week President Biden announced a first-of-its-kind student debt forgiveness plan that quickly prompted debate, criticism and support along the way. Overall, the policy is a strong win, and the following considers three key takeaways of why, offering context for the scope of forgiveness, the fairness and proof that shifting public opinion can help sway […]

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Opinion: Colorado should take the lead on protections for private student loan borrowers

A long-overdue national conversation is playing out now about the student debt crisis. That attention is well-deserved. As a college education becomes increasingly necessary for young people to simply get an entry-level job, America’s debt-fueled approach to higher education has left tens of millions of people saddled with unaffordable student loans and has impacted students […]

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Opinion: Let’s help college graduates get on their feet so Colorado can retain top talent

A college degree or credential is more important than ever in today’s economy. The majority of jobs in Colorado already require some sort of education beyond high school. The Colorado Department of Higher Education set the goal to ensure 66% of our population has a college degree or credential by 2025, and the state Senate […]

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Textbook costs can bust college students’ budgets. Colorado professors are turning the page with free resources.

Before Brandon English developed his own learning materials for the organic chemistry classes he teaches at Red Rocks Community College, his students were spending close to $600 for textbooks, in addition to paying tuition and fees. And those costs pushed many of his promising students to drop out. “There’s this huge financial barrier to entry, […]

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Here are the big ideas that Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado lawmakers pitched for the 2020 session

By Erica Breunlin, Jennifer Brown, Moe Clark, John Ingold and Jesse PaulThe Colorado Sun From mental health to teacher pay, Colorado’s leaders are exploring innovative ideas to tackle the state’s biggest challenges. Gov. Jared Polis and four state lawmakers pitched their ideas Tuesday at the Big Ideas Forum hosted by The Colorado Sun, CBS4 and […]

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Opinion: Colorado will lead the effort to end the student debt crisis

We are in the midst of a crisis. With Americans shouldering $1.5 trillion in student debt, we must waste no time in taking meaningful action to help alleviate this tremendous burden. Today, 730,000 Coloradans each owe, on average, more than $36,000 in student loan debt. And it’s not only recent graduates or millennials — more […]

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Nearly half of all young adults in Colorado owe money on a student loan, study examining state’s $26 billion ledger shows

Student loan debt in Colorado increased 176 percent in the decade stretching from 2007 to 2017, faster than the 152 percent rate of growth nationally for such debt during the same period, according to an analysis released by those who want Colorado to license student loan service providers. About 734,000 Colorado borrowers are paying off […]