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BCC to Host Public Hearing on Student Debt Dec. 9
Dec 5, 2013

 A public hearing on student debt has been slated for Mon., Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. in BCC's Boland Theatre.

Representative Paul Mark (House Chair) and Senator Eileen M. Donoghue (Senate Chair) along with Representatives Denise Provost, Aaron Vega, James Arciero, Angelo D'Emilia, and Senator Richard Ross have been appointed members of the newly-formed Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt to investigate, study, and make recommendations on the issue of student loans and debt.

BCC President Ellen Kennedy will speak at a public hearing to be held at BCC on Mon., Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Boland Theatre. The event is free and all are welcomed to attend.
 
Student debt has become an increasingly burdensome and complex issue for many Massachusetts students and their families. With 65 percent of Massachusetts students taking out loans to pay for college, Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation for number of students carrying debt. Massachusetts students owe an average $27,200. Nationally, student loan debt has been the only type of consumer debt to rise during the Great Recession and is now the second largest form of household debt behind home mortgages.

To address this pressing issue, the Subcommittee has scheduled a series of public hearings. The topics at these hearings will include overviews of the current loans and debt landscape, examinations of its impact, and presentations of alternatives or solutions to help alleviate the effect of loans and debt on students and families. Students, parents, and members of the community are all welcome to attend and offer testimony.

 Hearings have taken place throughout the Commonwealth at a number of colleges and universities since September.

For more information, contact Christopher Cappucci, legislative aide to Representative Paul Mark at 413-464-5635 or christopher.cappucci@mahouse.gov.


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