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Grad students need help with education debt, too

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I would like to commend Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s efforts to assist SUNY graduates with their student loans through the Get on Your Feet program. Graduates who stay in New York and earn $50,000 or less can receive loan forgiveness for two years. Hopefully, New York can model this for other states.

I would, however, like to point out a huge group of students this policy is forgetting.

I graduated from Stony Brook University with honors in May of 2014. Three months later, I began a master’s program at SBU and am set to graduate with honors in May of 2016.

I have approximately $100,000 in student loan debt. Because I received my undergraduate degree before December 2014, I don’t fall under the governor’s new program. Students like me who have pursued higher-level degrees should not be ignored. Education is the vehicle driving our voice in a competitive global economy.

Emily Felton

Stony Brook

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