NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The results of a new survey, conducted by the Texas extension of Western Governors University, shows that three-quarters of Texans feel that college debt is a serious problem. In fact, some believe a public 4-year college degree is becoming unaffordable in Texas.
Pollster James Henson said, “Seventy-two percent [of the people surveyed] say that cost is the main obstacle to obtaining a post secondary degree. This really raises red flags about access to higher ed and what people’s concerns are.””
The poll also found that Texans believe that higher education has an impact on the state economy and their own future earning power.
The poll surveyed 800 adults and Henson said in terms of the severity of the problem responders “…say that student loan debt is a major problem, with another 15-percent saying it’s a minor problem and only 6-percent say that it’s not a problem.”
Many say the results of the poll should send a strong message to the legislature that Texans would support sharp increases in funding for state colleges.
As it stands the Legislature does fund a number of financial aid programs, but the demand always exceeds the amount of money available to students.
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