As clouds of smoke from Ventura’s Woolsey fire forms in the distance, Pasadena City College (PCC) student Tanner Petterson sits in a shady spot on the edge of the mirror pools and waits until her afternoon class begins. She has ten minutes to spare, but instead of worrying about her class, she browses her phone and acknowledges the early golden hour. Meanwhile, a student on the other side of the pools lays on the grass, glued to a textbook, skimming through notes.
Community colleges are doing the right thing and offering four-year degrees at a two-year school price.
Congratulations America. We have surpassed the $1 trillion mark in student debt. If that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bad enough, students are finding themselves having to empty their pockets once more to pay off their remaining school balances. This time however, it’ll sting a little less with President Obama’s newer Student Loan Forgiveness Program.