AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsIn response to government cuts, he has started the Students Standing Up Against the Government Club at Canyons.Robert Rodriguez, a candidate for Congress, attended the small public gathering. Rodriguez, a Democrat, is challenging U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, for his long-held seat. “I have $13,000 out in student loans myself,” said Rodriguez, who attended UCLA and Harvard. “There is no way I could have paid for my education if it weren’t for student loans.”Diana Shaw, a Santa Clarita resident, has a son enrolled at Arizona State University. Shaw is angry about these cuts and hikes because she has been ill for a year, and her son has had to find ways to fund his own education.“He is already working 40 hours a week to pay for college,” Shaw said. “I am outraged that while the government can spend billions in Iraq killing my son’s friends they can’t come up with a reasonable interest rate for my son.” This increase means that the average student, with a 30-year loan, will pay an additional $13,000 over the life of the email@example.com(661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A small group of students and parents gathered Friday at College of the Canyons to protest a bill approved by Congress that increases the costs of student loans.Congress recently approved a $12.7 billion cut to government funds for subsidized loans and increased student loan interest rates by almost 2.5 percent.“The government has all these loan programs in place to invest in us and this country and then makes them inaccessible,” said Kyle Kostvzewa, a political science major. “It doesn’t make sense.”Kostvzewa has no student loans yet, but plans to borrow when he moves on the University of California at Los Angeles.