Wheeling Intelligencer: McKinley Asked About Student Debt at West Liberty University

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West Liberty, April 7, 2018 | comments
Many college students are amassing huge amounts of debt that could take decades to repay, so some at West Liberty University on Friday asked U.S. Rep. David McKinley if Congress has any plans to lessen their financial burdens.
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Many college students are amassing huge amounts of debt that could take decades to repay, so some at West Liberty University on Friday asked U.S. Rep. David McKinley if Congress has any plans to lessen their financial burdens.

McKinley, R-W.Va., addressed students majoring in integrated marketing, legal environment and computer information systems during a stop at the university.

McKinley told the students he worked his way through college while obtaining an engineering degree from Purdue University, but acknowledged that would be difficult today.

“I work 35 hours a week — sometimes more, and I go to school full-time. Still, there’s no way I could afford to do that,” one student told McKinley. “I’m trying to better myself and have an education, and what am I doing? I’m putting myself in a hole because I’m going to be paying student loans for the next 25 years.”

The student said she would like to see a forgiveness program, through which a full-time student who works is given some tax relief in his or her paycheck.

McKinley said the topic of debt forgiveness for college is being considered in Congress. One proposal would give new teachers who choose to teach in rural or inner-city communities some amount of relief on their student loans.

The same deal could be offered to engineering students who work for a small town water district, or for someone majoring in almost any discipline, he said.

Perhaps, those with student loans could get tax credits for volunteer work they do, McKinley suggested.

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