Student Loan Lessons from Martin O’Malley

The Democratic presidential candidate borrowed heavily to send his daughters to college. We think there's a better way.

With college tuition and student borrowing -- along with enrollment -- on the rise, the affordability of a college education will be an issue for young adults and parents alike in the 2016 elections. Earlier this month, Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, outlined his proposal to help students who attend an in-state public four-year college graduate debt-free by increasing Pell grants, automatically enrolling borrowers in income-based repayment plans and helping borrowers refinance their loans at lower interest rates.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.