Overwhelmed by Student Debt, Many Low-Income Students Drop Out
Alex Baumhardt and Emily Hanford, APM Reports
Alduha Leon was the first person in his family to go to college. He wanted to earn a degree in marine science from Savannah State University. His income is low enough that he qualified for a federal Pell grant, but even so he'd taken out more than $20,000 in loans to afford three years of school. Between classes during the day, and night shifts at the Atlanta airport loading luggage onto planes, Leon was exhausted. He felt broke all the time. After three years, he dropped out.