MCC is offering debt forgiveness to draw students back

MUSKEGON, Mich. (via WOOD TV) — For many students, attending college comes with the stress of looming loan debt.

Northern Michigan University student Eddrick Tornes is one of them. He is taking summer classes at Muskegon Community College.

“The good thing about it is you don't have to pay ‘til after you're done,” he said. “But if you want to transfer, then it's a hassle because you can't get your transcripts until you pay that debt that you owe that school.”

Scholarships covered a lot of Tornes’ college costs, but not everything.

“I owe $2,500,” he said.

But $2,500 is nothing compared to the national average.

Students have racked up $1.5 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. The average student will owe about $37,000 by the time they graduate.

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