Capital University senior Steven DeBusk says he is living proof how President Barack Obama's support of student loan and grant programs can affect a student's life.

Capital University senior Steven DeBusk says he is living proof how President Barack Obama's support of student loan and grant programs can affect a student's life.

DeBusk, a senior sociology and philosophy major, had the honor of introducing Obama at his Aug.21 campaign appearance in Bexley.

DeBusk is a self-proclaimed non-traditional student. After graduating from high school, he spent five years pursuing his dream of becoming a professional bicycle motocross rider.

After enrolling in Columbus State Community College he transferred to Capital. DeBusk said he intends to attend graduate school, pursue a master's degree and become a teacher.

DeBusk said he comes from a middle class family and student loans and Pell Grants made it possible for him to attend Capital.

"Like a lot of you, I'm grateful for Pell Grants, scholarships and student loans," he told the crowd of 3,000, including a large student turnout. "I wouldn't have been able to go to school without them, even with a Presidential Scholarship from Capital. That's why I appreciate all that President Obama is doing to keep college within reach for so many of us."

DeBusk cited Obama's doubling of Pell Grants, the creation of a college tax credit and his reform of the student loan process that took banks out of the process.

"Because of President Obama, if you are paying your loans on time, you'll never have to pay more than 10 percent of your income while paying them back," he said. "Think about what that will mean five or 10 years from now."

DeBusk said Obama's opponent, Republican Mitt Romney -- who made a central Ohio stop with a rally in Powell Saturday, Aug. 25 -- can't relate to middle class students.

"In Youngstown recently he told a high school student who was worried about college costs, 'Just to shop around,' " he said. "He's plainly out of touch with what it costs to pay for a college education. That's not all. Romney-Ryan would raise our taxes, slash Pell Grant scholarships and end the college tax credit."

DeBusk issued a challenge to his fellow students.

"With school starting, we've got to get the word out, explain what the president is doing for us and our future and register as many students as we can and get them to vote in November," he said.