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Larry Seaquist Wants College Students To Submit Videos, Photos Of Their Debt Struggles

The Gig Harbor Democrat says college education and easing the burden of student debt are two of his top legislative priorities.

Hey students - if you are struggling with student debt, then state Rep. Larry Seaquist wants to see and hear from you. Literally.

The Gig Harbor Democrat says college education and easing the burden of student debt are two of his top legislative priorities.

His office is asking students to submit videos and photos of their struggle two ways:

  • Photos – Write your story on a small white board or large piece of paper. Stand behind the whiteboard, take a picture, and post the photos to Rep. Seaquist’s Facebook page, Twitter account, or email them to larry.seaquist@leg.wa.gov.

“We have to make college more affordable for students if we want to climb out of this recession,” Seaquist said in his call for videos and photos. “The jobs are out there right now. But we need a highly skilled and trained workforce that can fill those jobs.”

According to ProjectStudentDebt.org, over half of Washington college students have some amount of school debt. The average debt carried by Washington students is $22,244. Seaquist will be inviting students to testify in his committee later this month to discuss their experiences and struggles with college tuition and student debt. Student photos and videos will be shared with other lawmakers and the general public during committee work sessions and on various social media platforms.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not a contest or competition of any kind. Photos will not be returned to the sender. By law, all photos submitted to Rep. Seaquist become property of the House of Representatives and subject to public disclosure requests.

Patrick Shane January 25, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Student debt is stunting the growth of the economy. Student loans have increased by 500% over past decade. As the next generation graduates from college, they are plagued by insurmountable debt that places demands on their income, limiting their ability to spend their earnings in ways that stimulate the economy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRA9ndc1pCM

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