News from Representative Carson

October 25, 2019 

Dear Friend,

The House of Representatives is continuing to work hard to advance an agenda that's For The People, and this is especially true when it comes to education. 

A good education remains the key the success, achievement and economic mobility. But unfortunately, it's becoming increasingly out of reach. Too many are shut out from getting the education and training they deserve, or are being forced to take out tremendous levels of student loan debt. For example, in our state, Hoosiers owe a combined $27.5 billion in student loan debt, averaging more than $31,300 per borrower. And recent contempt citations against the Department of Education for failing to adequately protect student borrowers further demonstrates the need for Congress to take action. 

That's why we have introduced the College Affordability Act, a bill I cosponsored that would provide a much-needed and responsible overhaul of higher education programs that would lower the costs of college for students and families.

This bill would make college more affordable by:

-- Increasing the value of Pell Grants and reducing the burden of student loans by allowing borrowers to refinance their loans and lower their payment rates.

-- Expanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Plan.

-- Giving funding to states that provide tuition-free community college to their students. 

-- Increasing and permanently reauthorizing mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). 

-- Allowing recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) to access federal student aid. 

These are all common-sense and meaningful reforms that can really make a difference in the lives of countless prospective and current students across the country. It builds on education reforms I have championed, like my amendment to H.R. 2740 that the House passed this year that increases Department of Defense funding to HBCUs.

The promise of a great education is a key component of the American dream, and we can't let it continue to slip from people's grasp. Our country succeeds when every American can achieve their full potential, which is why I'll work hard to get this bill passed.

As the old saying goes, "knowledge is power." 


Your Friend,


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