I cut our grocery bill in half. The grocery total would vary every month. But in January 2014, I only spent $170 on groceries -- my lowest total ever. I like to feed my family organic produce, but I had to let that go for the sake of a bigger goal.
The continuing and growing disparity in income and wealth we are experiencing has, no doubt, convinced many low-income students that not only is a college degree now a necessity, but striving for a professional degree is a way out.
If I had it to do over again, I would have given myself some context for how much money $20,000 or $30,000 really was. I would have spent some time thinking through each of my options, to weigh whether this was a worthy investment or not.
If we recognize and address the serious threat of a potential student loan meltdown, we can protect student enrollment from a crisis that could leave our colleges looking like our foreclosed neighborhoods, a sad legacy of the recent mortgage crisis.
The latest victims in Republican warfare are the most defenseless among us -- our children. By allowing student interest rates to double, we will once again hurt those who need financial aid the most, and once again further disenfranchise the already marginalized.