Let’s look at college (and the student loans attached) in two ways. One, you have the opportunity to gain an education that will bring you up higher in the socio-economic ladder. The other, you have a system where schools create incompetent and jobless graduates while keeping them locked down in debt for years on end.
If you believe in the former, then chances are you’re annoyed by the students protesting in the Occupy movement. If you believe in the latter, chances are you believe in the righteousness of the Occupy movement.
The whole argument then boils down to this: will the personal responsibility of students make education work for them, or will a defective system prevent these students from effectively using their education?
I personally believe that education is our own responsibility. Sure, we’ve got predatory lenders out there – especially in the for-profit colleges – but it ultimately up to us to make the choice.
Heck, the Internet is a great place to start. Hitting up the search engines to find and compare financial products to finance a college education can get you a general idea on the first hour of searching. Dedicate an entire day or two and you might find yourself eligible for a scholarship or a grant!
Whatever you choose believe in, however, I’d advise against signing up for the Occupy Student Debt sub-movement. You do not want to tie a noose around your neck for the next twenty years because of a spur-of-the-moment decision.