Most students think they can afford any college. Most parents know they can't.
The politicization of the student loan program is only hurting disadvantaged students further. It is preventing healthy discussions on how to fix the perverse incentives built into the program, or how to better design programs that actually increase access, diversity, and affordability.
The most powerful influence on a teenager is another teenager. Our shared experiences give us perspective and help us believe in ourselves and overcome any obstacles.