|Senior Portia Brown says she tried to work her way through college, but couldn't, and now finds herself buried in debt.|
About 100 students and sympathizers marched at Central Michigan University Thursday, demanding free tuition, forgiveness of student-loan debt, and a $15 per hour minimum wage for campus employees.
Student loan debt has increased to $1.2 trillion, double the $600 billion in 2006, according to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Tuition has increased at about five times the rate of inflation.
Organizers said marches were scheduled at more than 100 colleges and universities.
|Marchers demanded tuition-free college.|
|Whitney Dzuirka, organizer for the Union of Teaching Faculty, joined the march.|
|Marchers chanted that their school is not for profit.|
|Marchers gathered on the Warriner Mall and cheered speakers who demanded free tuition, student loan forgiveness and a living wage for campus employees.|
|Protesters braved high winds and rain to make their point.|
|Americans owe more in student loan debt than credit card debt - and the student loan debt cannot be discharged through bankruptcy or even death.|
|The march circled the central campus.|
|The temperature for the protest was in the 40s, with high winds and occasional sideways rain.|
|The CMU protesters joined students across the country in marching for their demands.|