The cost of a college education has risen 3,819% over the last five decades.

In the 1960s and 70s, tuition at NYC public colleges was almost free, enabling a generation of students the freedom to pursue higher education without taking on a lifetime burden of debt.

Today, 44 million of us owe approximately $1.5 trillion dollars in student debt.  Interest rates range from 4.4 to 7.5%, and current law makes it impossible to default or declare bankruptcy on these loans.  This crippling debt has prevented millions of young people in the US from buying homes, owning businesses, or starting families.

All students who have the will and determination to pursue higher education or trade school in order to be productive members of society should have the opportunity to do so without taking on a huge financial burden.

Shan believes public colleges and vocational schools across the country should be tuition free. He supports the College for All Act of 2019, which would eliminate student loan debt across the board.