Arizona makes up for $29.5 billion in total student loan debt. According to EducationData.org, about 12% of all Arizonans owe student debt. The Arizona Students' Association is asking the Biden administration to reduce student loan debt significantly.
Before President Biden was sworn in, the Arizona Students' Association had already put their proposals on his desk. One of the main priorities of the association is doubling the Pell Grant and reducing student debt by up to $50,000 per person.
Cesar Aguilar is the executive director of the Arizona Students' Association.
"The thing about Parent Plus Loans or student loans in general is that they don’t go away. There’s no way of filing bankruptcy on these loans. You still have to pay for them. It is very very hard to try to get them canceled," Aguilar said.
According to EducationData.org, average student loan debt in Arizona is $34,000.