Valencia College President Sandy Shugart was recently featured in a three-part interview with Spectrum News 13. Among the topics of discussion were the costs of college and student debt. Host Allison Walker Torres interviewed Sandy, elected officials and the leader of a statewide collaborative focused on increasing college completion.
During the interview, which focused on student debt burden, Sandy explained that media coverage covering the costs of public four-year colleges has led some students — in particular, first-generation students — to assume that even a college like Valencia would leave them with a significant debt. The reality, he explains, is that college can be very affordable depending on the college students choose. For example, at Valencia, 40% of our students pay nothing out of pocket for tuition and fees, thanks to Pell grants and scholarships.
The consequences of having a large student debt burden are significant, as it causes young workers to postpone important financial decisions — such as purchasing a car or a home — impedes savings and creates numerous other financial stresses.
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