Ohio Student Association Testimony before the Ohio Senate on Student Debt: Part 4

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Testimony before the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education

Presented by Liz Marasco

May 19th, 2015

Honorable Chairman Duffy and members of the committee,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you this morning. My name is Liz Marasco, and I am graduate of Ohio State University. I graduated summa cum laude with a 3.95 GPA, fluency in another language, and approximately $31,000 in student loan debt.

Whether or not I would go to college was never a question. I was never presented with alternatives to higher education. My parents, in their boundless love and good intentions, helped me get to that point but were unable to help me pay for it. When I was invited to join the diving team at Penn State University, without a scholarship, I had to say yes. Saying no to college and collegiate athletics at a prestigious Big Ten school was…

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