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Saturday, August 06, 2005
US Bill Would Forgive Student Loans for Librarians  
Interesting article here from the ALA website, where there are proposals to "provide up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness to qualified librarians, teachers, and child-welfare workers in low-income communities." American Library Association).

$5000! That's roughly the total (tuition) cost of my MLIS. I'll remember that next time I'm complaining at how big my student loan is.

Interesting though to see that the US is trying to deal with similar issues as in New Zealand, where reducing the impact of student debt is shaping to be a big issue at next month's election. (See for a summary of the main parties' positions - most are offering to write-off all or some of the interest on the loan, for students who stay in New Zealand after graduation).

(Original link via Librarian in Black)