Long-term declines in state higher education funding and more recent severe budget cuts are pushing college out of reach for middle class and low-income students. Students and their families are forced to choose to either take on massive debt or shelve plans to attend college.
A new plan called "Pay It Forward" recently passed in Oregon, and has now been introduced in Maryland.
Ask your delegate and senator to co-sponsor Pay It Forward.
Under Pay It Forward, students would attend college with no upfront tuition. Instead, students would contribute a small, fixed-percentage of their income -- about 3 or 4 percent -- for a set number of years after college -- between 10 and 25 depending on where they attend school. Contributions would be placed back into the state's education fund and enable the next class of students to receive the same education free from massive, life-crippling student loans.
Learn more, see a video of Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznick discussing Pay It Forward, and email your legislators to cosponsor SB 626/HB 853 in Maryland.
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