There are so many sad and bad things in the world today, but I have a bit of good news. For the first time since 1987, today I am student loan free! 31 years ago when I was a student at Lorain County Community College, I borrowed $2058. It took me paying a total of $9425 over more than three decades to finally rid myself of this albatross. I'm grateful that Pell Grants, a Dean's scholarship and a supportive mom prevented me from having to borrow more. But my obligation was a mere drop in the ocean compared to what many of my friends have had to borrow to pay for their educations. Student loan reform is essential. And free college or trade school for young Americans is as doable as free high school if we only want to make it a priority.