Student Debt

A new report authored by the Alliance for a Just Society and released today by the Maine People's Alliance evaluates the scope and consequences of rapidly increasing student debt in Maine and provides a window into the lives of Maine students and alumni facing large amounts of debt.

Maine places the highest financial burden on students of any state in the country. As a result of the high cost of higher education, the graduation rate for Maine students within 6 years of beginning school is well below the national average. Ideas like the one proposed by Rep. Michaud of making Sophomore year free at University of Maine schools would be a step in the right direction and all options should be considered to address this crisis in education.