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Sat Oct 1, 2016, 03:50 AM

South Dakota candidates split on how to pay for college

A federal loan program that's helped thousands of lower- and middle-class South Dakotans pay for college will go away next year if Congress doesn't act.

That means whoever voters send to Washington next year will have a say in the future of financial aid.

The need-based Federal Perkins Loan Program helped more than 3,100 South Dakotans pay for college in 2014-15, with an average of $1,843 per student.

All four of South Dakota's congressional candidates Sen. John Thune, Rep. Kristi Noem, and their Democratic challengers Jay Williams and Paula Hawks want to renew the federal loan program in some form, but their views on how government should help students pay for college vary from there.

Read more: http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/30/sd-candidates-split-how-pay-college/91167230/

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