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College students rally for funding at State House

Lawmakers told of debt struggles

Hundreds of Massachusetts college students, many of them saddled with debt, flooded lawmakers’ offices at the State House on Tuesday to lobby for an increase in financial aid funding.

“I’m graduating in the spring, and I will have over $20,000 in debt, and I haven’t even transferred to a four-year college,” Nicole Ouimette, who attends Holyoke Community College, told students in the Gardner Auditorium.“I’m ­devoted to making sure that we all are able to have more accessible and affordable higher education so that in the future students do not have to feel the pains that we are now.”

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