Buttigieg’s high college debt draws attention to the issue


Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks during a house party, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Winterset, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

– Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) knows firsthand the burden of six-figure student loan debt. He and his husband have loans of more than $130,000, placing them in the ranks of the 43 million Americans who owe federal student debt.
Several Democratic candidates for president have made major policy proposals to address the crisis. Their ideas include wiping away debt, lowering interest rates and making college free or debt-free.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says she would entirely erase student debt for 75% of borrowers and make public colleges free.
Some candidates want to expand a program that forgives federal loans for public service workers, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Buttigieg.
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to make public universities tuition-free and lower interest rates.

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