Students Are Walking Out Of Classrooms To Protest This Major Issue

They're starting a movement.

Students across the United States will walk out of their classrooms and march in solidarity to protest student debt. 

According to Reuters, the students are asking for the cancellation of all student debt, tuition-free public colleges, and minimum wage salaries for campus workers. They have dubbed the protests the Million Student March.

The group wrote on its Facebook page its demands:

"We have an opportunity right now to take control of our education. To fight the institutionally racist nature of corporate higher ed. To challenge the inaccessibility of quality education experienced by millions of poor Americans. To stand against the cannibalistic policies of lenders like Sallie Mae."


Student debt has been a growing topic of conversation among policy makers. Among other government policies put in place to help student borrowers, the Obama administration proposed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act which would help students enrolling in schools from 2014 onward afford their loans. Under the act chaired by Vice President Biden, loan payments must be 10 percent or lower of overall income and forgive withstanding loans after 20 years for those who work in public service. 

But given that the average amount of loan debt for students is still around $23,000, and in some cases much higher, students are growing impatient. 

As of 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, the students began to take position. 

"Education should be free. The United States is the richest country in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education," said a statement on the movement's website.

Now, they're taking a stand.

To follow along with the march, check out the hashtag #MillionStudentMarch on Twitter. 


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