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  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
  • STUDENT LOAN DEBT
  • COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY
Winning Issue » COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY


State budget cuts to higher education along with rapidly rising college tuitions have greatly reduced the opportunity for many Americans to earn a degree. Over the past 10 years, the average cost of tuition and fees at state-sponsored four-year colleges has increased 37% while inflation has risen 19%. Over the past 30 years, tuition costs have increased 213%. The average cost for a resident student attending a four-year public university today is about $17,000 a year – and over twice this amount for a private school. The average debt for those with a student loan is now $33,000. Colleges and universities receive much of their revenue from federal student grants and loans. Year after year, it is common for these institutions to enact tuition increases that dwarf the inflation rate. Critics blame universities for skyrocketing tuitions by not controlling costs and wasting money on unnecessary expenses, sports teams, glamorous research programs and excessive administrator compensation.

A Federal Reserve Bank report blames the rapid rise in college tuition on the increase in federal student loans and grants which has made more dollars available to schools. The Fed states that many of these institutions take this opportunity to unnecessarily increase the cost of college. The Fed discovered that for every dollar awarded in student grants and loans, tuition goes up about sixty cents.

Proposed Legislation: To prohibit federal student aid to institutions of higher education where tuition increases exceed the rate of inflation.
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Juan Vargas (CA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current higher education affordability policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support sponsoring a bill prohibiting federal student aid to institutions of higher education where tuition increases exceed the rate of inflation, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Juan Vargas (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support sponsoring a bill prohibiting federal student aid to institutions of higher education where tuition increases exceed the rate of inflation, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Juan Vargas (CA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.3929 - Disarm Hate Act.

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Juan Vargas (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider introducing a bill which prohibits federal student aid to institutions of higher education where increases in tuition exceed the rate of inflation.

If elected as a trustee, National Center for Victims of Crime will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to expand its efforts to reduce the incidence of hate crimes, provide services for victims and advocate on their behalf.

The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime. The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives.

If elected as a trustee, Student Aid Alliance will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for limiting college tuition increases.

About: We are a coalition of 85 higher education organizations united in our support for federal student aid. The Student Aid Alliance is thrilled to bring you the Save Student Aid campaign to raise awareness about the importance of federal student aid for America’s future. Student Aid Alliance supports Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, work study and TRIO programs.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
July 4, 2022
Trustee Election - Closing Date
July 11, 2022