The Alumni Association of the Minnesota State University Student Association — those students attending four-year universities in the public MnSCU system — is surveying alumni about the effects of student debt on life after graduation.
“We wanted to find a way to get people’s stories,” said Jered Weber, the association’s director of communication. “A lot of people haven’t been able to buy houses because of student debt — that’s a pretty overwhelming trend — or they have to a take a job (they don’t like or is not in their field) because they have all this debt.”
So far he has received almost 40 responses, and hopes to take the results to the legislature to lobby for state university funding and show how graduates contribute to the economy.
The association is still looking for people’s stories, and Weber said he hopes to get all the results into a report in the next month or so.