Freshman, Emily Whitaker, is ready to join nearly 2,300 students at Dickinson College this year.
“I want to be a physics student, I have to take math and physics and intensive classes,” says Whitaker.
She says she wouldn’t be able to pay for her estimated $60,000 education without student loans.
“It’s worth it, good education, small liberal arts school, it’s worth it.”
She says she supports President Obama’s plan to make college affordable by capping monthly loan payments. The president says the plan also rates colleges based on their value to students. He announced his idea last week, during a visit to Scranton.
Whitaker says, “If we do have a good system in place, they’ll be able to go to a great school because we do need people going into higher education and getting those jobs.”
Student, Catheryn Broady says, “It would be nice to see it lower, so more students might even consider applying to schools like this because students are scared off by the high price tag.”
President Obama wants Congress to agree on the plan. But some Republicans say they questions the President’s willingness to reach across the aisle.
If the bill is introduced, it will be up to lawmakers to come up with an agreement to help the students pay for the higher education.