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College Costs Up, Students Choosing Between Education & Food

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SALISBURY, Md. - In the past five years, the cost of public education is up reportedly by 27 percent. Now, across the United States, some students are reportedly being forced to choose between eating and learning. Schools like Stony Brook University on Long Island are taking action by establishing their own food banks.

Here on Delmarva, school officials at Salisbury University say this is not something their students are currently seeing, but it is something they look out for.

"I think affordability is always going to be a concern, it's always been a rising issue on college campuses," says Katherine Mooney, student government president at SU. "It's really hard for students to be encouraged and motivated to go to college when they feel like they don't have the funds to help them."

"We are monitoring that, keeping our ears open and our eyes attentive to that," says Mentha Hynes-Wilson, associate vice president for student affairs at SU. "We're working with student government and other entities on campus."

Hynes-Wilson says they have a number of resources in place for students who do get accepted to the college and run into financial trouble. One fund is the Benton Family Loan, which the University received from an external member of the Salisbury community.

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