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Last Day to Save Student Aid

Today is the National Day of Action to stop a bill in congress that will cut $12.7 billion from student loan programs.
Tomorrow, February 1st, Congress will take a final vote on the Budget Reconciliation Bill. If passed, this bill will cut $12.7 billion dollars from student loan programs. This will be the largest cut to student aid in history. It will add on average of $2,000 to each student's debt each year.

American students already graduate with more debt than students in any other industrialized country. Two-thirds of college students now graduate with loans, and their average college debt is nearly $20,000 -- an increase of more than 50 percent since the early 1990s.

These cuts affect everyone -- dems, republicans, greens, independents -- especially low-income students and anyone who wants to go into lower-paying positions after school, such as teaching, social work, or public sector.

The United States Student Association, the League of Young Voters, Campaign for Our Future and hundreds of other organizations across the country are calling for a National Day of Action today.

For more information on how to stop this bill, please visit or

Here's your chance to show how to filibuster!
Kristina Rizga edits WireTap, AlterNet’s youth-oriented section.
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