On Tuesday, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) cosponsored the College Affordability Act, a comprehensive bill that will lower the cost of college for students and families, improve the quality of higher education through stronger accountability for colleges and universities, and expand opportunity to students from all backgrounds by better supporting the success of individual students.
“My parents sent 5 kids to college on one income – most families these days can't send one kid to college with two incomes! I believe every New Yorker deserves the opportunity to earn a better life, which is why I’m proud to cosponsor the College Affordability Act. This bill will give our students the tools they need to succeed in both the classroom and on the job – for a fraction of the current cost,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
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.
- Cracks down on predatory for-profit colleges that defraud students, veterans, and taxpayers.
- 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 educational 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.
The text of the College Affordability Act can be found here.