LeadMN President John Runningen was quoted in CNBC article on the student debt relief case that was before the US Supreme Court. 

Student loan borrower John Runningen was also among those who planned to sleep outside the Supreme Court on Monday night. He attends Minnesota State Community and Technical College and owes $5,000.

That debt has already made his life more difficult.

“It’s stopped me from getting a vehicle, from moving out of my parents’ house and helping my parents with the stress of their bills,” said Runningen, 22.

As a first-generation college student, he hoped to break the cycle of poverty and assist his parents. His stepfather is a farmer and his mother works at a gas station. With a $175 monthly student loan bill, though, he won’t be able to help them.

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