College affordability is one of the great moral crises of our time, with millions of bright, capable people priced out of an education and millions more in debt that totals over one and a half trillion dollars for our country.
Together we can guarantee that everyone, no matter their circumstances, can receive the highest quality of education without being priced out or burdened by student loan debt.
From: Bernie Sanders
Subject: Join Me, October 10th, for a Livestream On College for All
The world is changing, sisters and brothers.
Today, a college degree is the equivalent of what a high school diploma was a generation ago, and competing effectively in the global economy requires the best-educated workforce possible.
And what is insane to me, is that in the richest country in the history of the world, we have hundreds of thousands of bright young people who are unable to go to college because they can’t afford it. At the same time, we must also end the absurdity of millions of people who leave college and graduate school drowning with debt that hangs around their necks for years, or even decades.
In my opinion, at a time of such massive income and wealth inequality, we must demand that all of our people, regardless of their economic background, have the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams, which will make our economy more productive.
On October 10, 2017, I am giving a speech at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont about my idea to make tuition free at public colleges and universities and substantially reduce student debt. The speech will be livestreamed and my hope is that students will organize meetings on college campuses across the country to watch and talk about the event.
Here is the simple truth. If students and faculty around the country stand up and demand that public colleges and universities become tuition free, there is no question that we will win that fight. Please stand with us and say that you'll join us:
During our presidential campaign, we asked people how their lives would change if we were able to make college tuition free while reducing rates on existing student loans.
Here were a few of the answers we received:
"Free tuition means that my talented, intelligent granddaughter could go to college. She was accepted at several schools, but none of them offered enough funding for us to afford it. Now she feels like her dream went up in smoke." - Carrie from Massachusetts
"Free tuition would mean I could actually attend college, something that is out of reach for me currently. My family is broke (my parents filed for bankruptcy a few years ago), and I refuse to apply for loans that will stay with me for the rest of my life." - Holly from New Hampshire
"If college tuition were free, my son would be able to go to college without having to worry about being crushed under huge student loan debt. I would also love to take classes, as my parents couldn't afford it for me either. If there was a way to refinance loans, my husband's student loan debt, which is in the tens of thousands, would become much easier for us to manage. If other countries can do it, so can we." - Bonnie from Washington
"As the parent of two kids, ages 11 and 14, it would eliminate the terror I'm feeling, wondering how we're going to pay for college for our kids." - Emily from New York
When we talk about public education in this country, it is not just 1st grade through 12th that we should be discussing. It is time for the United States to make public colleges and universities tuition free.
That is what we’ll be talking about on college campuses across the country on October 10, and I hope that you’re willing to join our livestream to help us make that happen:
Together, we can revolutionize how higher education is funded, and lower the oppressive burden of debt that so many carry in this country.
Senator Bernie Sanders