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    To ease burdens on students, bolster support for public universities

    TOO MANY families can’t support their children’s education at a community college, which, along with state universities, can provide higher education to all state residents. When adequately funded, community colleges have long records of helping all students graduate and be ready for careers. State colleges and universities also do this, but my UMass Lowell students’ success is challenged by having to work 20 to 40 hours per week while taking five courses each semester.

    Public higher education offers the greatest cost efficiency and learning results. Increasing our public higher education commitment will successfully help students be ready for better-paying employment. Rather than trying to change the terms of Pell grants, let’s use precious public funds to support a public good — our students.

    Craig Slatin

    Professor, Department of
    Community Health
    and Sustainability

    UMass Lowell