Keystone College Freshman Class Grows After Announcing Loan Assistance Program

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SCRANTON -- Forget the next four years, as Anthony Baker unpacked his daughter's dorm room at Keystone College, he was just worried about making it through the next few hours.

"I`m going to cry, of course! That`s an understatement. But, I feel excited, I`m proud," he said.

Baker does feel some relief knowing that his daughter Ja'ara won't be burdened with student loan debt when she's done with her degree.

This year's freshman class is the first to benefit from a program called "Keystone Commitment." The college promises income-based loan assistance to alumni who get a job within six months of graduation.

"I`m glad that they integrated that program starting now, this year, the freshmen that are coming in now. I hope other universities and colleges adopt that, you know, because it will help people. So, when you get out in the work field you won`t be burdened with a bill," Baker added.

College officials think that Keystone Commitment program contributed to a bigger freshman class this year than last year.

"We have an increase of about 20% from last year`s freshman class, students coming from locally and from outside of the area, as far away as 17 different states," said Keystone College spokesperson Fran Calpin.

Keystone Commitment did not factor into the college decision for freshman psychology major Hailey Curreri from Honesdale. But, it did for her mom.

"Absolutely, not something I want, [to] have a burden on myself or her four years down the road," Carolyn Curreri said.

When you don't have to worry so much about what will happen four years from now, it makes it easier to enjoy this new beginning.

"I`m nervous, anxious, don`t know really what to expect because this is my first time. Ready to see what comes up," Hailey added.


  • JD

    I had student loans to repay when I went to college. It took several years to repay that debt, and several years to get a job in my field of study. But, I paid back the loans. It can be done.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Ah yes, perpetuate the nanny state and entitlement mentality of this once fine country.

    Keystone, a “liberal” arts college.

  • El Ma

    Y’know……..I am grateful that there are more youngsters enrolling in college, but I am VERY concerned about the fine print of this contract. Student loans are the equivalent of mortgages, really, and they are a legal means of extortion in the worst way. What does that mean, “…get a job within six months of graduation?” Does that mean that they must find a position in their field of study, or at a Target? What does that even mean?

    Today, a Bachelor’s Degree doesn’t hold the same value as it did 30 years ago. Add to the reality of the value of this degree to this perception OF college grads that they’ll be able to just waltz away from their university and into a corner office or Directorship without having to work their way in, as is expected, and it adds up to financial disaster. It’s unrealistic to expect graduates to begin paying ANYTHING until they’ve had at least 2 years of employment under their collective belts because those loans are designed to break their backs for the next 20 years.

    I’d like to read MORE on this “Keystone Commitment” program.

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      El Ma, its indentured servitude.

      Freedom in the truest sense of the word is a complete myth in this country.
      The only way to personal freedom, which is internal at best at this time in history, is to burn those degrees or stick them the same place that Doctors stick things with degrees on them and start your own business.

      Be a Steve Jobs, an Edison, a Franklin, etc.

      You have to break free of the golden handcuffs of a “J.O.B.”, Just Over Broke.

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