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9/9/2019
A hand up

Sometime the most deserving need a hand up.

Congressman Don Young has joined an effort to provide that for working and non-traditional students seeking higher-education degrees.

The effort is aimed at students who must work while taking classes. It also is for the student who must take take off from studies to care for a family member or deal with similar hardships.

The Strengthening Financial Aid for Students Act ensures that students have the resources to finish college within their budgets without incurring overly-burdensome debt, according to Young.

Student debt in the United States exceeds $1.5 trillion, a press release from Young’s office states. Such debt prevents or delays graduates from starting businesses, purchasing farms, buying homes, beginning families and saving for retirement.

Often the students about which Young is speaking not only work, but raise families and pursue other goals while attempting to achieve degrees.

The legislation would result in students being eligible for Pell Grant funding for 14 instead of 12 semesters. It also would raises the allowable income threshold by 35% for aid eligibility.

Students who work and study are some of the most determined and hardest-working of all pursuers of higher education. Young recognizes that.

Alaskans do, too. This hand up to students who strive so hard should be passed in Congress and signed by President Trump. They earn it, and their work ethic will be appreciated in the business community and in the state. It’s a victory all the way around.