The membership of the USSA sees student issues as intrinsically tied to economic, racial, and gender justice.
Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors' wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out of date and overly harsh.
"We have a student debt amount that is more than what the government spends in a year on all its programs put together."
Hundreds of working people crowded a union hall here Mar. 14 and cheered calls for action to end the nation's debt crisis.
Students shared their stories of having to work low-wage jobs to pay high tuition costs.
According to Love, students need to build "relationships with unions - on and off campuses, to build bridges in the community, students are workers."
USSA, the nation's largest and oldest student organization, is committed to "helping students identify what their goals are and how to achieve them."
Ms. Tennant is in a tight race with outgoing Republican Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito for the seat. The race could be a decisive one in this year's national battle for control of the U.S. Senate.
"Ohioans deserve responsible budgeting that will provide more support for higher education and reduce the out-of-pocket expenses for our students."
College students face many issues today, including raising tuition rates and cuts to programs. Student loan debt topped $1 trillion and is expected to reach (and even surpass) $1.3 trillion.