Thursday, August 11, 2005

OR Students Protest Loan Changes

A small protest--2 dozen students--in Portland yesterday about the lame student aid provisions in the new House bill. (Look for my upcoming column about it in the Voice this weekend).

Student groups and higher education lobbyists have been disappointed that lawmakers failed to propose enough aid to keep pace with rising costs and did not take more dramatic steps to reduce government subsidies that flow to lenders.

Oregon PIRG organized the protest. From what legislators' offices tell me, the State Public Interest Research Groups are one of the only real voices for students in Washington. Student-led groups, where are you?

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