Why did you want to be a part of Claire's College Affordability Tour?
Pledging to use the coming weeks to “drill down” into the feedback she received, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill wrapped her College Affordability Tour across Missouri armed with input from students, educators, families, and experts after a series of robust discussions about the need for a more affordable, accessible college education. In discussions with students, recent graduates, families, educators, and experts this week, McCaskill outlined broad goals for addressing rising college costs and ballooning student loan debt. “There’s no better way for me to tackle the issues facing Missouri families than by hearing from them directly,” said McCaskill, who worked as a waitress and took out student loans to help pay her way through college and law school at the University of Missouri. “And what I heard loud and clear was that there are so many students doing everything right—but who are going to be saddled with a crushing debt as soon as they graduate, and for years after. There’s more we can do to help these students and their families, and I had the opportunity to talk through some creative ideas with folks across the state to figure out how we can make college more affordable and accessible. I’m ready to drill down into those ideas and get to work here in the Senate to help Missouri students, families, and educators succeed.”