Are you one of the 42.6 million Americans owing over $1.5 billing in federal student loans? Is there a chance you’ll need to join these ranks in the next few years because you need to borrow such loans for your postsecondary education? If so, understand that November’s “election may be the most consequential election in history for student loan borrowers.” But don’t take our word for it. Read this article from Forbes Senior Contributor Adam Minsky:
Minsky is correct — federal student debt is today’s biggest college affordability issue, and much is riding on the outcomes of this year’s election for what you have or will borrow from your government. So you need to know where the candidates for President, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives stand on issues of postsecondary debt.
How do you find a candidate’s positions? A good place to look is the candidate’s campaign website. It’ll probably have an “issues” link to the candidate’s positions on different matters, hopefully including student loans. So, first, Google the candidate by name.
If the campaign website doesn’t address student loans, look at the candidate’s official government website if he or she’s an incumbent. You can find the White House website here, your Senator’s website here, and the website for your current Representative in the House here.
Still can’t find anything on student loans? Send the candidate an email or call the candidate’s office, whether it’s the official government office of an incumbent or the campaign office of a challenger. The same websites you use to research their positions should also have their email addresses and phone numbers.
Make sure you’re registered to vote, and vote in the November 3 election. But do so after you study up! There’s so much going on in this country right now, and it’s OK if you don’t want to select the candidates for which you’ll vote based solely on student loan issues. Still, you have every right as an American to support candidates who’ll work in your best interests. Exercise that right!
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