To The Daily Sun,
As a student at Plymouth State University, I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to equip myself with the tools necessary to enter the professional world. However, I'm also aware of how much this opportunity will cost.
While students and families work to figure out how to pay for college, one of New Hampshire's U.S. Senators has been repeatedly voting to make college more expensive.
Kelly Ayotte has consistently voted against critical student aid, hurting Granite State students and families who are worried about the mounting costs of college. Ayotte has repeatedly voted for budgets that would slash Pell grants, making higher education even more expensive.
In 2011, she followed Republican leadership in voting for a bill that would cut $12 million from the Pell grants program and decrease or eliminate aid for 21,000 New Hampshire students. More recently, Ayotte supported multiple budget proposals that would eliminate access to Pell grants for 3,500 New Hampshire students and cut an average of $2,000 from the remaining students' grants.
Kelly Ayotte should be putting the interests of New Hampshire students and families first, but instead she seems to have forgotten all about us. There is no greater investment in New Hampshire's future than developing a strong and well-trained workforce. So why, I ask, does Kelly Ayotte keep voting to undermine New Hampshire's future by making college more expensive?
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