College students owe Mark Warner a debt of gratitude

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By Erin Parker, Alexandria
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To the editor:

This past month, thousands graduated from colleges and universities all across the country, including me. Having completed school, many of us face the next challenge: paying for it.

With the cost of college education skyrocketing, many students are forced to take out loans just to cover tuition. That’s not even counting food, living arrangements, supplies and so on.

Luckily, there are those in Congress who recognize how expensive college is getting and understand something must be done. It makes me proud that one of the biggest champions in this issue is the commonwealth’s own Sen. Mark Warner (D). Not only has Warner fought to keep student loan interest rates down, but he introduced a bill — with two Republicans no less — to make information about college expenses much easier to find and compare.

I was lucky. I got into a good school and came from a family with the resources to support me. Not everyone is so fortunate. So from them and from me, here’s a thanks to Mark Warner, for fighting for the next generation.