State education cuts fuel student debt crisis

Biola Jeje (22) graduated from Brooklyn College last May with a degree in political science and a mission: force lawmakers to address the US$1.2 trillion student debt crisis, writes Patricia Sabga for Aljazeera America. "It's unfair that it's happening to us, and we're even being sort of blamed for the amount of debt that we're being put in," she said from the offices of New York Students Rising, where she serves as state-wide coordinator.

She and her fellow activists are mobilising support to march on Albany, New York state's capital, to deliver a message to legislators. "We're demanding an immediate freeze on tuition, and then we're also demanding restoration of at least one and a half billion that's been cut from state higher education," she said.

The march is part of Higher Ed Not Debt, a nationwide campaign launched recently to focus attention on the student debt crisis that affects 40 million Americans.
Full report on the Aljazeera America site