Re "Utah Regents push higher credit loads to boost graduation rates" (Tribune, July 20):
As a recent law graduate I'm painfully aware of what it's like to be a student struggling to make ends meet while earning a degree. I earned my bachelor's on the so-called "5-6 year" plan. Why? The costs of education and living were at perpetual odds. Thus, a four-year track was sidelined for a more sustainable 5-6 year plan.
It should serve as no surprise that students need time to earn money to pay for the rising costs of education alongside living. Encouraging students to take more credit hours simply asks students to work and earn less. This then leads to larger loans to pay for non-educational purposes, which counters the purpose of "student loans."