A Newsletter for Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Greenfield Community College and the GCC Foundation
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Student debt has become an increasingly burdensome and complex issue for many Massachusetts students and their families. With 65 percent of Massachusetts students taking out loans to pay for college, Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation for number of students carrying debt.

To address this pressing issue, Representative Paul Mark (House Chair) and Senator Eileen M. Donoghue (Senate Chair) along with Representatives Denise Provost, Aaron Vega, James Arciero, Angelo D’Emilia, and Senator Richard Ross were named as members of a newly-formed Subcommittee on Student Loans and Debt to investigate, study, and make recommendations on these important issues.


GCC President Robert Pura offers testimony at the hearing held September 30th at the Greenfield Community College Cohn Family Dining Commons. Several GCC students also joined faculty and staff in sharing their personal experiences to the sub-committee that day.

As part of the investigative process, the subcommittee held a series of public hearings across the state to provide an opportunity for students, parents, community members and college officials to speak about the impact of loans and debts on families in Massachusetts.