Ken Manthe
Ken Manthe

Where is the petition? Do these people even know the definition of the work?
If you want an education, prepare to pay the price! Quit your whining. There are no free-bees!

Tricia Hedahl
Tricia Hedahl
  • Ken Manthe

Forgive me for judging, but by your picture I'd guess that you would have attended college in the 80's at latest when many loans were simply forgiven and real-dollar costs were about 1/3-1/4 of today's costs. So, easy for you to say, right? The burden on students is much higher than in the past and jobs are scarce. This petition isn't about working hard or not. Its about interest rates and their burden on grads.

Bruce Emmett
Bruce Emmett
  • Ken Manthe

Great grammar Ken, glad to see you paid so much for your education?!?

Dan Lapensee
Dan Lapensee
  • Ken Manthe

When you don't have an intelligent response attack the poster and/or his grammar? Just remember the old adage, Bruce, about people who live in glass houses.

Cindy Ruszala
Cindy Ruszala
  • Ken Manthe

I am a Family Practice Physician, and I work hard. I have over > $150,000 in debt. With time and the high interest rates, it will nearly double by the time I pay it off- which is still 25 years from now and I've been paying for 10 years. I will gladly pay back WHAT I was loaned, but double? That's ridiculous! Pay the price? I'll be paying my loans until I retire, I believe that's too high of a price.

Stephanie Fisher
Stephanie Fisher
  • Ken Manthe

I received an education and have been working 2 jobs to barely make ends meet with my 4 year degree that includes payments of more than 50% of my monthly income. I would appreciate if you wouldn't categorize everyone who is trying to get some relief as lazy and not wanting to work hard to pay off their loans...I have worked my ass off since leaving college (60-80 hours a week) just to barely get by and pay off these loans! I get that you need to pay for an education, but this isn't about...

I received an education and have been working 2 jobs to barely make ends meet with my 4 year degree that includes payments of more than 50% of my monthly income. I would appreciate if you wouldn't categorize everyone who is trying to get some relief as lazy and not wanting to work hard to pay off their loans...I have worked my ass off since leaving college (60-80 hours a week) just to barely get by and pay off these loans! I get that you need to pay for an education, but this isn't about not wanting to pay for it. It's about a payment that is so astronomical my paycheck barely pays the bills. So maybe you should be more informed before making such a rude comment. I'd like to see you step in my shoes for a month and see how you feel at the end of it! >:(

Steve MacIntyre
Steve MacIntyre
  • Ken Manthe

Where were you when we gave trillions of dollars to Goldman Sachs?

Keith Charbonneau
Keith Charbonneau
  • Ken Manthe

Hey Ken this is about the outrageous rates banks charge on student loans. Not about not having to pay them back. And I bet Tricia was right in saying what she said. I bet you went to school before the 80's. And I wonder, if you ever did go to school, or not, and if you did, did you repay your student loans. Because up until the 80's people could default on their loans and not have to pay them back. Which is why they put into place all sorts of new laws like, garnishing your wages, social...

Hey Ken this is about the outrageous rates banks charge on student loans. Not about not having to pay them back. And I bet Tricia was right in saying what she said. I bet you went to school before the 80's. And I wonder, if you ever did go to school, or not, and if you did, did you repay your student loans. Because up until the 80's people could default on their loans and not have to pay them back. Which is why they put into place all sorts of new laws like, garnishing your wages, social security payments, and not being able to put them into bankruptcy. Today you can't do that and they have the right to charge you outrageous interest rates on your loans. Most loans are variable rates and can be higher than 10%. I took out $69,000 to go to school for 3yrs and by the time I left school I had already accrued $30,000 in interest. They should do like in Canada. Charge a low rate like 3.5% and not allow any interest to be compounded until after you've finished school so that if you pay any of it back while in school, it goes all to the principal borrowed amount and not to interest. And what cracks me up about the dumb laws they passed. If you do pay any amount back on your loans while still in school, the interest is not tax deductible.. Talk about stupidity.. It's almost like telling a home owner that, if they live in the house that mortgaged the interest in not tax deductible.

Lewis Vaughn
Lewis Vaughn
  • Ken Manthe

You didn't understand the math when you took out the loans?

Ken Manthe
Ken Manthe
  • Ken Manthe

I went to a short term technical school then went to college while working a paying job while paying off the first school loan. I spread the education out over time and built up experience that made it easier to land the profession that I went into.

Ken Manthe
Ken Manthe
  • Ken Manthe

The whole idea of borrowing mountains of money to get the best education you can all at once, then trying to get a job that earns plenty to pay off the loans is short sited, naive and does not make sense in this economy and job market. Take your lumps, work hard, and things will work out. It just takes time!

Alex Leyva Pena
Alex Leyva Pena

Join to lower your student loan.

Becky Gallion
Becky Gallion

Im paying without being able to finish, because it is so expensive!

Dan Burns
Dan Burns

I have no problem with what I owe. My issue is that when I took the loans out I was married. My wife divorced me 2 years ago. While I am made to be responsible for all or half of her debts, I am told by my attorney and Sallie Mae that she is not liable for any of the student loan repayment. They justify this by saying that I have the degree, not her. My problem with that is that I didn't pay any of the school expenses with the loan money. I received grants and scholarships, which were...

I have no problem with what I owe. My issue is that when I took the loans out I was married. My wife divorced me 2 years ago. While I am made to be responsible for all or half of her debts, I am told by my attorney and Sallie Mae that she is not liable for any of the student loan repayment. They justify this by saying that I have the degree, not her. My problem with that is that I didn't pay any of the school expenses with the loan money. I received grants and scholarships, which were enough to take care of the educational demands. The loans bought her new car, put a roof over our heads, and fed us! Sallie Mae is wrong about this. It shouldn't be allowed. My ex-wife should be liable for half the debt. I have proposed this by putting forth my views to Sallie Mae, but they could care less. She is the one who left me and our daughter. Sallie Mae is as wrong as the ex. Neither of them have clarity of thought or viewpoints that reflect any reality based on what is fair, right, moral, or just.

Kenny Williams
Kenny Williams

Please sign and share with others.

Kenny Green
Kenny Green

Wouldn't this piss off the repukes.

Bill Clark
Bill Clark

Yes I am for anything that will change.

Joanne Vaughn
Joanne Vaughn

I've already signed the petition and am spreading the word.

Matt Fitzgibbons
Matt Fitzgibbons

So 51% of the voting public can have government tell private industries what their prices can be? That's National Socialism (e.g. Nazi Germany). If you want to fix this, get rid of public funding to colleges and Universities... deregulate, get government OUT OF industries that should be private. That's what's driven up the price of education. Let a free market adjust naturally instead of creating even more problems with regulations and cronyism. Both parties are to blame. Study history...

So 51% of the voting public can have government tell private industries what their prices can be? That's National Socialism (e.g. Nazi Germany). If you want to fix this, get rid of public funding to colleges and Universities... deregulate, get government OUT OF industries that should be private. That's what's driven up the price of education. Let a free market adjust naturally instead of creating even more problems with regulations and cronyism. Both parties are to blame. Study history before suggesting things that have been proven time and time again to cause even more problems. Please, for the sake of your children and grandchildren! Their debt is already far more than any of your student loans!

Keith Charbonneau
Keith Charbonneau
  • Matt Fitzgibbons

Sorry to disappoint you guy but, that's not the problem. With loads of people going to school, it should be driving the prices down with schools competing to get you into their classrooms. But the rates they are charging are going up and why, because they hope you will get a loan. So, they charge higher fees. And the banks charge outrageous interest rates on those loans. And it's also because a lot of schools are "For Profit". You can even buy stock in some of these companies..

Matt Fitzgibbons
Matt Fitzgibbons
  • Matt Fitzgibbons

More demand = higher prices (Economics 101). College tuition costs have gone up 945 percent since 1980 because more subsidies means more students, and that means higher and higher prices (irrespective of the field of study). When colleges have no problems getting students even with annual price increases, there's no reason for them to cut costs. They also spend enormous amounts on new student centers, athletic fields, and other things that don't increase the chance of a higher paying job. On...

More demand = higher prices (Economics 101). College tuition costs have gone up 945 percent since 1980 because more subsidies means more students, and that means higher and higher prices (irrespective of the field of study). When colleges have no problems getting students even with annual price increases, there's no reason for them to cut costs. They also spend enormous amounts on new student centers, athletic fields, and other things that don't increase the chance of a higher paying job. On top of that, each year, more students graduate with degrees in things like psychology than there are jobs in that field in the entire country. Bottom line: Once you corrupt a market with government interference, the philosophy that started it will always see excuses for more and more interference, until prices rise and the entire system goes bankrupt. Regulation is not the answer. It never has been.

Jorge Ayauhtli Orpinel
Jorge Ayauhtli Orpinel
  • Matt Fitzgibbons

Education is not an industry (at least it should not be) and it should not be private. What are you talking about? "Free market" should have nothing to do with it, I think you just use it as a buzz word probably not knowing where the term comes from in the first place, funny how you dare say "study history".

Matt Fitzgibbons
Matt Fitzgibbons
  • Matt Fitzgibbons

Everything that is not a Constitutionally enumerated power should be private, especially education because government does few things well. Education is certainly not one of them. Not only are public schools TERRIBLE, the more the Federal government has gotten involved in education, the worse (and more expensive) it has become. But of course, this fact is not commonly taught in government run schools. Little about all of the problems associated with large government is. It is simply not in...

Everything that is not a Constitutionally enumerated power should be private, especially education because government does few things well. Education is certainly not one of them. Not only are public schools TERRIBLE, the more the Federal government has gotten involved in education, the worse (and more expensive) it has become. But of course, this fact is not commonly taught in government run schools. Little about all of the problems associated with large government is. It is simply not in their interest to teach the truth and why they produce so many people who are incapable of seeing the threats governments pose. The more one studies history, the more this becomes evident. Socialism is a dismal failure. But of course cost is of no concern to socialists since Socialism is based entirely on forcing others to pay for them. (e.g. theft). And it always infringes on individual rights. Freedom and private property are integrally linked. Where there is more government, there is less freedom and vice versa. Socialism makes slaves of all but the few aristocrat party members and is a disease that must be eradicated. And it must start by eliminating the Department of Education and the teacher's unions.

Tobias D. Harrison
Tobias D. Harrison

Being an older guy I can't fathom how younger grads can get a foothold on life with the outrageous fees tacked onto student loans with no help in relief. How can we further our country via education when it takes half a lifetime to pay them off,

Lisa Payne
Lisa Payne
  • Tobias D. Harrison

Being an older person who tried to go back to school to get a better job for myself and my son, I have estimated at the rate I can afford to pay, it will take me 28 years to repay my loans... and I can't even use what I learned! No experience. <sigh>

Jimmy Needham
Jimmy Needham
  • Tobias D. Harrison

I went back to school and I refuse to have such a defeatist attitude about it. I am going to graduate, do my best to pay off my loans before I die, and, If I do not, the government can prop my stuffed body up and charge five cents a pop to view me until the debt is paid. what are they going to do? Put us all in debtors prison? They would have to turn the entire country into a penal colony.

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