HARDIN | Free College
On November 12, 2015, hundreds of college and high school campuses across the country will participate in the Million Student March, a national day of action led by students, alumni, campus workers and families as a response to the urgent higher education crisis. Over the past decade, public in-state tuition and fees at public four-year colleges have increased at an average rate of 3.4 percent per year, controlling for inflation. The average college graduate in the Class of 2015 has over $35,000 in debt. Even worse, this debt is not distributed equally; of the $1.2 trillion in total student debt held by over 40 million Americans, 58 percent of it is held by the lowest-income quartile. The demands of the Million Student March are simple: tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers.