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Average Pitt student debt nears $40,000

Average Pitt student debt nears $40,000

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

August 27, 2019

Three out of five members of Pitt’s graduating class of 2018 left school with unpaid student loans.

Pitt recognizes inaugural Panthers “Forward” class

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher speaks with students at the event commemorating the first class of Panthers Forward — 150 seniors who will receive $5,000 in direct federal student loan relief.

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

December 10, 2018

The University of Pittsburgh recognized the inaugural class of Panthers Forward, a program which seeks to relieve student debt, on Friday.

Pitt announces Panthers Forward to ease student debt

The Panthers Forward program aims to utilize donations from the University’s alumni network to finance current students’ tuition. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Visual Editor)

By Christian Snyder, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2018

While there’s little Pitt can do to procure more funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the University wants to help students deal with their debt. Pitt announced the creation of Panthers Forward yesterday, a new debt easement program that aims to to help fund current students’ education by utilizing the University’s alumni network.

State should step up to address rising tuition

(Illustration by Daniel Walsh | Staff Illustrator)

By Janine Faust, Opinions Editor

August 20, 2018

Pennsylvania colleges have some of the highest average tuition rates in the country. But instead of taking action to address the roots of the state’s student debt crisis, the state responded by introducing a new program that encourages families to prepare for when they fall victim to it.

Editorial: Recognize student debt’s real toll on campus

(Illustration by Raka Sarkar | Senior Staff Illustrator)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 10, 2017

With grades, a fluctuating social life and life after graduation all weighing heavily on our collective conscience, any college student can tell you they’re no stranger to stress. And according to research released recently by collegiate contracting giant Sodexo, students in the United States ...

Councilman Gilman talks district, student issues

Councilman Gilman marches in Pittsburgh's LGBTQ+ Pride Parade in June. (John Hamilton | Editor-In-Chief)

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

August 21, 2017

For many of the thousands of new and incoming Pitt students, this fall in Pittsburgh will be their first. It’s an experience that City Council Member Dan Gilman shared with them many years ago. “Whether I’m a native depends on how original you go,” Gilman said, laughing. “We moved to Pittsburgh...

California lawmakers unveil sweeping financial aid plan to help students avoid debt

By Melanie Mason and Teresa Watanabe | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 19, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Seizing on growing concerns over college affordability, California lawmakers proposed what would be the most generous college aid plan in the nation Monday, covering not just tuition but also living expenses that have led to spiraling student debt. The plan would supplement California's...

Letter to the Editor, 12/7/2015

By Hannah Weintraub

December 7, 2015

On Nov. 17, The Pitt News published a column by Timothy Nerozzi asking why the demand for higher education is so great when the price is increasingly unaffordable for many students. First, a university degree has become an economic necessity. As Nerozzi pointed out, our economy places less value on degree...

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