RETAIN THE PUBLIC INTEREST LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM IN ITS CURRENT FORM BY FORGIVING ALL QUALIFYING STUDENT LOAN DEBT | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government
The Obama Administration is looking to cap public interest loan forgiveness at $57,500. THIS IDEA IS TERRIBLE!
Here is why:
The Numbers: Law school costs upwards of $150,000. Graduate programs can run you $50,000. Undergraduate is around $100,000.
The Current Program: For people who work in the public interest (basically, people working for non-profits and government), after 10 years of work, your federal debt is forgiven.
What This Change Will Do: Basically, anyone that wants to use their very expensive education to do work in the public interest will not get their federal loans forgiven. These people (self included) will get pushed into the private sector at least temporarily in order to get out from under crushing education debt. The longer you work not in your actual field, the harder it becomes to move into it.
New students will not seek out higher education to do the work they want to do, and the interplay between theory and practice will be further weakened.
This change punishes economically disadvantaged people that want to serve their communities. This change is the opposite of community service the Administration promotes. This change is going to drain the public interest community of many excited and passionate people that simply cannot afford to take on or live under massive amounts of debt.
TL;DR: Please sign this petition to help those people committed to the public afford to do their very important work.
SIGNAL BOOST! This is really important. Please sign.
8:14 am • 17 March 2014 • 74 notes
war on the poor
NYTimes: In Battle Against Fraud in Free Phone Service, the Poor Might Pay the Price
1:43 pm • 29 December 2013
NYTimes: A Civil Servant in Mexico Tests U.S. on Asylum
10:18 am • 29 December 2013
the boopersnatch: Above the Wrist
Part One: A Memory of Skin
Castiel’s favorite memory rested in his left forearm, just above the wrist. He was riding in the Impala with Dean and Sam, Dean’s music playing just a little too loud. The seals to release Lucifer were breaking too fast, and the brothers were rushing to get…
11:00 am • 27 October 2013 • 4 notes
My Taxes Are Documented. I Am Not.
Undocumented American workers paid $11.2 billion in taxes in 2010 — putting money INTO systems like health care, Social Security, and education, not taking it out. Attacks on American immigrants have claimed the opposite. Ironically, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection annual budget is $3.5 billion — an amount covered by undocumented Americans three times over. Share this with someone who doesn’t see the value that new Americans bring to our communities every day through their work and through their paychecks.
ORIGINAL: This original Upworthy graphic by JD Reeves is based on data reported by Time magazine.
YES YES YES LETS JUST KEEP REBLOGING TILL PEOPLE GET IT THROUGH THEIR THICK STUPID SKULLS
7:37 pm • 26 October 2013 • 10,000 notes
but like why would u tell shitty offensive jokes when really cheesy puns are way funnier and they dont hurt anybody
7:16 pm • 26 October 2013 • 40,177 notes