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Statehouse rally protests Ohio college costs
Students and others push lawmakers for different spending priorities
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Students say Ohio needs to invest more in college classrooms.
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About 100 people rallied at the Ohio Statehouse today, saying lawmakers need to do more to make college affordable. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the students, parents, professors and others say priorities for state funding need to change.

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The people attending a rally sponsored by the Ohio Higher Education Coalition say they want college to be more affordable. They want more state aid based on student need.

Kiala Rile is a senior at Ohio State University. She says it’s been difficult to pay the bills.

"My family didn’t have any money to save for my education, so I really had to figure it out on my own. And I felt lost as soon as I got out of high school."

Rile says she’s worked part time all through college and has taken on student debt that could prove difficult to pay off.  Rile and other students hope lawmakers will re-prioritize funding  to help them pay for college, and to make sure colleges spend more money in the classrooms.

 

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