In just seven short months, I’ll cross the stage and receive my college diploma. I’m going to be the first college graduate in my family, and it means a lot to know that I’m fulfilling my mom’s dreams.
It also means a lot to know I can count on President Obama to have my back. The President has worked hard during his first term to keep college affordable for middle class families like mine.
When he was in Minneapolis a few days ago, Former President Bill Clinton called Student Loan Reform, “the most important unknown reform of that last four years.” We should all know a little bit more about it. As President Clinton said, “it gives students the right to repay loans at a clear, fixed, low percentage of their income.”
Thanks to the President’s efforts to keep student loan rates low, I can expect to save nearly $1000 as I work to repay my student loans. And I don’t have too many of those, thanks to the Federal Pell Grant program. 175,000 of my classmates here in Minnesota received an average of $3,473 towards college. For families like mine, every cent counts.
Expanding tax credits for college is also helping out families. Here in Minnesota, 185,000 families have been able to keep their kids in college, because President Obama fought to expand tax credits for college students and their families.
Higher education is an important investment in my future but it can also be expensive. Knowing President Obama is working to help out college students everywhere means I’ve been able to focus on my studies, not on repaying student loans. It’s just one reason why I’ll be voting for Barack Obama on November 6.