CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE SPONSORS COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION TO LOWER THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION | Representative Joseph Morelle

CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE SPONSORS COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION TO LOWER THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION

October 16, 2019
Press Release
College Affordability Act tackles the rising cost of college, eases the burden of student debt, and makes higher education more affordable

(Washington, DC) – This week, the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor introduced legislation to make higher education more affordable for everyday students. The legislation is co-sponsored by Congressman Morelle who also serves as a member of the Committee on Education and Labor.

“For too many students, the dream of pursuing higher education remains out of reach,” said Rep. Morelle. “Rising tuition costs and financially debilitating loans prevent young people from reaching their full potential—and that is unacceptable. This legislation will provide much-needed relief for students and help ensure everyone has access to the quality, affordable education they deserve.”

The landmark College Affordability Act comes more than 10 years after the last reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and at a time when the combination of rising tuition and inconsistent quality is undermining students’ access to the benefits of a college degree.

Specifically, the College Affordability Act:

  • Tackles the rising cost of tuition by restoring state and federal investments in public colleges and universities, which will reduce the burden that has been shifted to students and their families.
  • Makes college affordable for low- and middle-income students by increasing the value of Pell Grants.
  • Eases the burden of student loans by making existing student loans cheaper and easier to pay off.
  • Holds all schools accountable for providing students a quality education that leads to a rewarding career.  
  • Improves students’ safety on campus by blocking Secretary DeVos’s survivor-blaming Title IX rule and introducing stronger accountability to track and prevent cases of sexual assault, harassment, and hazing.
  • Expands students’ access to high-quality programs by making Pell Grants available for short-term programs.
  • Helps improve graduation rates by providing stronger wraparound services to keep students in school and on track.
  • Invests in the critical institutions that enroll underserved students by increasing and permanently reauthorizing mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority Serving Institutions.

“Nothing should stand in the way of our children’s educational success—especially not the fear of crippling long-term debt,” continued Rep. Morelle. “That is why I’m proud to sponsor this legislation and will continue to work with parents, advocates, students, and educators to make higher education more accessible and more affordable.”

A fact sheet about the legislation can be found here and full bill text is available here.

 

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