- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is asking students to share their stories about how college debt is affecting their lives.

The Democrat has created a page on his U.S. Senate website to collect comments. Students can also post stories on Blumenthal’s Facebook page.

Blumenthal’s online initiative follows a series of discussions he’s held at high schools and colleges across the state over the past two years with students, parents and educators. Blumenthal says he has seen “the financially crippling effects of student loan debt” and how students and parents are working second and third jobs to pay off the loans.

Blumenthal is supporting federal legislation that would make two years of community college free, allow borrowers to refinance their existing loans and expand existing public service loan forgiveness programs.

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www.blumenthal.senate.gov/college-affordability


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