UMD Students Return after Week in Washington

By KBJR News 1

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    Klobuchar meets with students from the University of Minnesota Duluth to discuss efforts to make college more affordable.

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May 21, 2012 Updated Oct 17, 2013 at 11:04 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- 10 UMD students involved in the Student Legislative Coalition, traveled to Washington D.C. last week and met with many lawmakers.

While in Washington D.C., the students met with Senators Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, a staffer for Jim Demint (South Carolina), Representative Chip Cravaack, a Collin Peterson staffer, Tim Walz, a Keith Ellison staffer, and a staffer from Joe Wilson, a republican from South Carolina.

Education Advisory Committee staff members also met with the students regarding college funding.

Representative Cravaack brought the students to speaker John Boehner's office in the capitol building as well as to the floor of the House of Representatives.

The students visited the senate and house buildings, and had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Ron Paul.

The students promoted the issue of the Stafford subsidized loan interest rates rising from 3.4% to 6.8% this year.

Other issues the students discussed were concerns with student loan debt, the importance of Pell Grants, and the rising college costs.

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