Majority oppose relieving student debt - 234 citizens

Aug 02, 2015

In the wake of a study showing that average debt for students graduating from NH colleges was the largest in the country, the LFDA decided to put the issue to Facebook members, asking, “Should NH take action to alleviate student debt?”

Should NH take action to alleviate student debt?

Student Debt Relief New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 234 participants gave 601 responses.

A total of 81% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 19% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 234 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 601 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority, at 71% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to taking action to relieve student debt. 

  • “Don’t expect someone else to pick up any of your tab.”
  • “These people have to make educated decisions and be held accountable for their choices.”
  • “I think students should take the initiative to deal with their own debt.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 29%, were in favor of taking action to relieve student debt.

  • “NH should cap student debt based on a projected percentage of earnings upon graduation.”
  • “Tuitions have gone way up. It’s not like it was before.”
  • “Nobody here is talking about a free ride. Just a fair one.”

Other: As noted above, 19% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Role of government: “I advocate taking government out of the loan business altogether.”
  • Economic considerations: “NH needs to create a great workforce pool to retain the graduates.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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