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That's My Issue: College affordability

TMI John Joanino, College Affordability

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John Joanino, a UCLA student, talks about college affordability.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


To me, the issue that’s important in this upcoming election is college affordability and college accessibility.

I come from a low-income background, and I have a single mother. And it’s because of public education that I’m able to be here, and to continue pursuing my dreams in education. 

I think it’s important that we really take a look at the state disinvestment from higher education and how we can look for solutions.

This election is really, really personal because I have cousins who don’t know what they’re going to do after high school. They don’t know what they want to be in the future, because they don’t know if they going to be able to afford going to college.

And that’s how it’s going to be if we don’t find ways to bring money to higher education.

Over the past years, college has become more and more expensive. I’ve been here for three years and we’ve had a fee increase every single year since then. Financial aid has gone under attack and I’ve been getting more offers in loans. I’m going graduate UCLA probably $40,000 in loan debt and I don’t even know if there is going to be a job available for me. 

So, there is always the question of "is it worth being here if I’m just going to graduate and not be able to pay off my loans?"


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With contributions by Amy Lieu

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