U of Maryland, Federal Officials Discuss Plans To Reduce College Costs

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Andrew York hopes to bring better health services to desperately poor Native Americans when he's done earning dual degrees in law and pharmacy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

But he might not be able to afford that modest-paying career path if not for federal programs designed to forgive part of his $65,000 in college loans.

York told his story at a UMB forum Tuesday to discuss federal plans for making college more affordable. The afternoon event featured U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter, U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes and students and officials from the university.

All of the speakers said they worry that too many students are making career decisions based on the debt they have to pay off rather than on their passions.

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