The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

"That’s Shaykia, she's my fourteen year old. She helps out a lot with her baby sister. That’s her school, and this is the school’s playground. I thought the playground was only supposed to be for the children to go and play.  But on the playground there were drug needles, people smoking marijuana and stuff.  So where do we take our small children to go and play?  There’s nowhere that we can take children to go play without being exposed to a lot of that stuff."

Student Debt

While pursuing higher education is one of the best ways to increase one’s income and escape poverty, student debt can also hinder a family’s economic success.  With millions of unemployed workers returning to school during the 2008 economic recession, private loan companies and for-profit colleges have taken advantage of the opportunity, leaving students with unmanageable debt and no additional skills.  Those interested in furthering their education should look at federal student loans – the safest kind of borrowing – before considering other options.

Current Issue

Check out a video of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing called, “Drowning in Debt: Financial Outcomes of Students at For-Profit Colleges,” June 7, 2011.

 

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