Student loan debt. Those three words can cause a lot of anxiety and stress among Americans. Is there a need for government intervention? Is intervention justifiable when many have accomplished reducing or paying off their debt? In the United States, student loan debt totals to $1.70 trillion and grows 6 times faster than the economy. The pandemic has magnified this problem causing individuals to struggle with unemployment and loss of housing amidst trying to pay back their student loans. How should we go about handling this problem that just seems to grow bigger and bigger? Join American Public Square at Jewell’s Student Initiative on April 8th to hear from a panel of experts on different sides of this issue.
This program is a part of STUDENT MONTH at American Public Square at Jewell (APS) Starting April 6th and ending on April 29th, APS’s Student Initiative will be presenting FOUR programs exploring the cost of higher education in the United States. These programs are planned and executed by college and high school students in the Kansas City Metro featuring conversations with policy experts and those with lived experience in higher education, student debt, and college readiness. We’re celebrating Student Month by giving back to students! Students attending 2 or more programs will be eligible to win an Apple Watch. Students attending 1 program will be eligible for either a Door Dash or Quick Trip Gift Card!