5 Ways Student Debt Resistance Is Taking Off

By James Cersonsky

As student debt skyrockets, the movement to resist it is spreading.

On September 9, Sallie Mae became the 50th corporation to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council—and the first to do so under pressure from students.

As a member of the controversial legislative advocacy group, commonly known as ALEC, Sallie Mae had drafted model legislation to limit higher education funding.…

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Rowan student, legislators announce affordable college study, make final pre-election minimum wage hike push

By Carly Q. Romalino/ South Jersey Times

WEST DEPTFORD — Rachel Storch, a Rowan University junior, thought she’d be set to earn her diploma in 2015, get a job she loves and leave the Glassboro campus without much debt weighing her down.

When her financial situation changed last year and her parents could no longer help her pay for school, she applied for the dreaded college loan, got a minimum wage job, and ended up an advocate for New Jersey students demanding a more affordable college education.…

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Dorm space going unused at NJ colleges

By Pat Alex

New Jersey’s largely commuter public colleges and universities made a concerted push over the last decade or so to make their campuses more residential, spending tens of millions of dollars on new dormitories and recreation centers.

But the economic downturn has reduced demand at some schools, leaving them with empty beds even as they continue to pay back the bonds used to build new facilities.…

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