U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, touted his work to keep student loan interest rates low during a visit to Ohio University's Baker Center Saturday afternoon.

During the appearance, Brown noted that earlier this year student loan debt outpaced credit card debt, climbing past $1 trillion.

"Now more than ever, a college degree is the key to good-paying jobs and a secure future," Brown said. "But increasingly high debt means fewer students will be able to buy a home, start a business, or continue on to graduate school."

A group of students met with Brown in the lobby of Baker Center, where he engaged them in conversation about their stories taking on debt.

"Students who are already struggling to afford higher education shouldn't worry about high interest rates and bills rolling in after graduation," Brown maintained. "That's why I'm working to ensure that all Ohio students have access to fair loan options that provide affordable payment plans, loan forgiveness, deferment options or cancellation rights."

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