Debt, a ton of debt. Per capita, New Hampshire has the highest student debt in the nation, and it is setting our children up for failure. Every young person should have the opportunity to earn and receive a quality, affordable education.
The current model makes that difficult without significant means. I believe that we can adopt a program that allows young people to earn reduced tuition benefits through the performance of public service, much like I did when I joined the Army and paid for college with the GI Bill.
Public service doesn’t mean military service. By working with colleges, universities, and trade schools, we can adopt a metric by which a degree can be earned through a combination of public service and enhanced grant programs. This formula will unlock the potential of the next generation and instill a sense of community and values.
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