Letter: Fear shouldn’t be factor in loans



As I read the May 3 Columbian story “Murray, students talk loan debt: Senator says she will use stories as ‘ammunition’ during debate in Congress,” I found that Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., had visited Clark College to hear the students’ thoughts on student loans and possibly rising interest rates.

I currently attend Clark and find that the financial aid and student loans help out a lot of students in different types of categories, such as Running Start or attending to continue your education for a higher degree. I know that if it weren’t for my financial aid, I would not have been able to go to college.

Murray talked to many people and found that, with the expiring of the law that keeps the interest low on the students loans, many students are beginning to fear the amount of money they will have to pay back as payments also rise. I agree with Murray’s action and the concern she is taking back to Congress on the problem of student loans rising. People should be able to attend college with a student loan without being afraid of the interest rate increasing.

Baylee A. Smith

Brush Prairie