Lt. governor pushes college affordability during NIU visit
DeKALB – Shondell Coleman was determined to become the first person in his family to go to college.
But as a first-generation minority student from Chicago with a low ACT score, his path was not going to be easy. He focused on academics his first year of college after being admitted to Northern Illinois University through a special program that relaxes admission requirements, but he racked up student debt.
Now, two jobs later, and a junior who has earned more than 10 scholarships, Coleman is down to $9,000 in student loan debt and hopes to pay it off before graduation. While proud of his accomplishments, Coleman knows financial challenges keep some other students from pursuing a college degree.
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