Oregon's 'Pay It Forward' Plan on Student Loans Could Become 'Pay It Yourself'

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A proposal by students at Portland State U. (pictured) has drawn enthusiasm in Oregon and at least four other states. But a close look at the plan suggests it could lead to an even greater shifting of college costs from states to students if the trend of declining state support continues at the pace of the past decade.
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It's not surprising that a group of students would come up with a plan to try to eliminate the need for student loans. Some state legislators across the country have quickly embraced the concept, but without thoroughly examining the proposal, which...

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