Moulton Introduces Bold Legislation to Broadly Expand Access to Higher Education
Moulton: “This bill will help provide our children the opportunity to be successful in the modern economy by eliminating barriers that stand in the way of a good education”
Washington, DC. – Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), along with Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, and Representatives Anthony Brown (D-MD) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ), introduced the America’s College Promise Act of 2017, which would make two years of community college free and provide an affordable pathway to a four-year college degree for low-income students.
This legislation is a cornerstone proposal included in House Democrats’ Aim Higher initiative, a package of legislative initiatives focused on providing all students with access to a meaningful degree that costs less money and leads to a good paying job.
"Far too many students are taking on the economic burden of attending college without the skills necessary to complete their degree,”said Moulton. “This bill will help provide our children the opportunity to be successful in the modern economy by eliminating barriers that stand in the way of a good education.”
“Students and families are faced with the overwhelming burden of figuring out how to pay for college,” said Scott. “This bill will help more families gain access to quality, affordable higher education opportunities. For low-income students, this bill creates a clear pathway to a four-year degree. At a time when families feel that it is almost impossible to get a college degree at an affordable price, America’s College Promise (ACP) is a bold investment in our students to ensure they gain the skills they need to compete in a 21st century economy.”
The bill provides a federal match of $3 for every $1 invested by the state to waive community college tuition and fees for eligible students before other financial aid is applied. America’s College Promise would also help to cover a significant portion of tuition and fees— for either the first two years or last two years of college—for low-income students who choose to attend qualifying HBCUs, HSIs, AANAPISIs, and other MSIs.
“Community college can be a springboard to a 4-year degree or an opportunity to develop critical workforce skills,” said Davis. “We must be expanding education opportunities at every level to allow students to find the education paths that work best for them. The America’s College Promise Act will open up even more opportunities for Americans to thrive in higher education and the workplace.”
America’s College Promise is supported by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).