"Make Higher Education Affordable to All: By 2020, 35 percent of job openings in America will require a bachelor’s degree while another 30 percent will require an associate degree or some type of certificate. One of our top economic priorities as a nation should be developing the most highly trained workforce in the world. We can only do that by making higher education and specialized vocational training more affordable without saddling our students with mountains of debt.
"In order to make higher education more affordable for all, as your Congresswoman, I will fight for:
Source: Candidate's Website 2018
- The Right of Individuals to Refinance. Student loan recipients should be able to refinance their loans at current historically low interest rates. The student loan program should not serve as a guaranteed indirect subsidy for banks.
- Pay As You Grow Provisions. We should also increase the availability of income-based loan repayment plans. Young grads crushed by loan debt are not able to save up to buy homes of their own and plan for strong financial futures. This crushing debt holds back our economy. A Pay As You Grow option would be a critical part of addressing this problem.
- Increase Support for Higher Education. I believe we need to increase funding for Pell Grants that are available to low- and middle-income students. And students who attend community college should also be able to easily transfer their credits to a four-year institution, creating a more affordable path for students to earn a bachelor’s degree.
- UNH is one of the most expensive state universities in the country, and is in danger of being out of reach for working families. We need to do more to support UNH and to support our students to be able to afford our state school.
- Improve Career Readiness. After high school or college graduation, too many students are not prepared for the jobs that are open right now. We need to ensure that our students can get the education and skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. That is why we should create a national program for career readiness. As part of a career readiness program, high schools would partner with trade schools, community colleges, and employers to ensure students learn the skills necessary in a 21st century economy.
- Expand Pathways to College by Expanding AmeriCorps and Increasing Service Opportunities. I was proud to earn a ROTC Scholarship to pay for my college education, but that is not the right pathway for everyone. Service opportunities like AmeriCorps are a true win-win for the community and the individual. We should significantly expand the AmeriCorps budget and increase pathways to service and education for students."