State considers alternative student debt repayments

Mar 12, 2014

The General Assembly is considering a plan to look at alternative student debt repayment programs. Currently, many student loans require payment to begin six months after graduation, regardless of whether or not the graduate is employed. 

Representative Jack Franks says this model is unfair to those having a tough time finding a good job. The Democrat from Marengo is sponsoring legislation to determine how other states are setting up repayment schedules based on the ability to pay:

"I think it'd be much more humane, it'll allow people to go and get higher education without shackling them to this incredible debt that many people just could never dig themselves out of."

Franks says under this "Pay it Forward" program, a repayment schedule would take into account a graduate's employment status and income level.