I commend your editorial. As a student myself, I'm fully aware of the pressures that are put on students by the rising costs of education and the costs of living. To keep up with these costs, work hours have to be increased at the expense of study time. This eventually has a negative effect on the grade point average and we all know what maintaining a high GPA means for future employment.
It's time that the government wakes up and invests more in our education system. By investing more, we enhance the quality of education and allow for more low-income students. With this increased quality and a more economically equated distribution of students, we can see an extraordinary growth in our economy.
It is disheartening to see the number of students who default on their loans. Students need to be more responsible to lenders and to think of future students who may need loans. Lenders need to get tougher. Colleges need to take more initiative in collecting bad student debts. By putting a hold on student records, notifying credit agencies and their employers, pressure will be applied to students who don't repay their loans.
Increasing grants to low-income students would also help decrease the percentage of defaults.
Increased funding for the American education system would benefit not only the students, but in the long run would benefit every American.
ERIC P. FORD