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Sen. Carper Talks College Affordability at DSU

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Sen. Carper meets with students at DSU about ways to curb the cost of college. (Photo: Ryan Stanley) Sen. Carper meets with students at DSU about ways to curb the cost of college. (Photo: Ryan Stanley)

DOVER, Del.- Delaware Sen. Tom Carper met with some Delaware State University students Friday about reducing the cost of college. 

Sen. Carper told WBOC Friday he has done these college affordability roundtables at colleges across Delaware. 

"We're just getting their ideas for what can be done to help them," he said. "We have a federal loan program for students. That students are able to take advantage of."

Students sat at a boardroom table with Sen. Carper and talked money and the struggles some of them have paying for school. 

One student shared her experience with three family members in school at once, including her father. Melayna Hall, a freshman at DSU, said it is hard to even afford room and board.

""For me to stay on campus it's [extra] dollars that my parents don't have right now...so now with all three of us being in school it's very expensive," she said.

Diekolola Ibiionke, a student at Delaware State University, says there are many more costs not thought about when it comes to college affordability, like textbooks.

"Textbooks are very expensive," she said. "And sometimes you really can't get the textbook, but your teachers really want you to have that textbook, and it is a struggle."

At DSU, an in-state student will pay about $13,000 per year, according to Steven Ampersand, assistant vice president for financial aid. 

At the University of Delaware, in-state students will pay about $24,000. Out-of-state students pay more than $43,000 per year, according to the Office of Student Financial Services.

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