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Textbooks are expensive, and many students work part-time jobs to pay for them. Illinois State sophomore Adebosola Akinborho can’t do that. That’s because she has cancer, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Freshman Daniel Jackson wants to be the best teacher he can be, so he chose Illinois State. Last fall Jackson was awarded one of several scholarships offered by the Black Colleagues Association.
Senator Dick Durbin visited campus to push a new bill that would make it easier for college grads to pay back their loans, even as he touted Illinois State’s “spectacular” track record on student debt.