Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Issues key to turnout of young voters

While many of Springfield’s teenagers are forced to sit out on Election Day, they’re wholly vested in who Americans will send to the White House.

On top of a job shortage, many teenagers are headed to college and are concerned about student loans.

Students are right to be concerned, said Gerard Joseph, director of financial assistance at the University of Illinois Springfield. State funds have been stagnant, he said, and students have to apply earlier and earlier to try and access help from Illinois’ Monetary Assistance Program.

“You’ve got more students trying for the same pool of dollars,” Joseph said.

High school respondents also ranked quality of college education, elementary and high school education, and war, Iraq, Afghanistan and terrorism as their other leading concerns.

Joseph was featured by the State Journal-Register on November 4, 2012.

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