The cost of higher education continues to increase

U.S. college grads owe $1 trillion in student loan debt

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In 2013, just 55% of Springfield high school students completed all 4 years and graduated.

Springfield Family Education Administrator Linnette Camacho told 22News one of the keys to increase that number and get all of the students college and career ready is parent involvement.

“Parents are their child’s first teachers. So teachers can instruct math, science, social studies and a lot of subject matters, but a parent is the teacher for life,” Camacho said.

Another key to success is preparing for the cost.  Even if a student has an outstanding high school transcript and high scores on the required tests, a challenge many families face is paying for higher education.

U.S. college grads owe $1 trillion in student loan debt.  A new report says Massachusetts  trails other states in funding for public colleges.

“On top of college education, I find that outside experiences like if you went to a vocational school or learned some type of trade to back that up as well. And majoring in things that you know for a fact that the job market out there has a demand for it,” Adelai Riche of Springfield said.

“There’s always an institutional sticker price, but no one really pays the institutional sticker price. There’s always merit scholarships, outside scholarships, community scholarships, and all you really have to do is find that money,” Liliana Madrid of Bay Path University said.

The Springfield Public Schools has set a goal to increase the graduation rate to 90% by 2017.

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