Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Democratic Lawmakers Push Idea of ‘Debt-Free College’ - Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday introduced resolutions to “ensure that students have access to debt-free higher education.” The Washington Post reports the push comes amid a broader effort by the Democratic Party to promote college affordability as a central issue in the 2016 presidential campaign — and to push the front-runner, Hillary Clinton, to propose a national plan for debt-free college. The coalition advancing the resolutions includes six senators and 32 representatives. The resolutions say Congress should back efforts to “provide support” to states so they can better fund university systems, to increase financial aid to students, and to encourage “less-costly degree completion,” among other things.

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