2020 Election: Joe Biden's Plan for Higher Education

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

I want to start off by acknowledging the police shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. My privilege finds it unbelievable that this continues to happen over and over and over again, and my heart is broken. Reminder to please focus on the issue (police training, Black lives) and not the distractions (looting). 

We NEED a change and we are in the most important days of 2020 leading up to this election. As we discussed, the most impactful way to sway voters is to tell them about Joe Biden's plans, and today we're talking about the higher education plan.

The Message

Joe Biden is running for president to rebuild the backbone of the United States – the middle class – and this time make sure everyone has a chance to come along. In today’s increasingly globalized and technology-driven economy, 12 years of education is no longer enough for American workers to remain competitive and earn a middle class income. 

The Plan: Community College

  • Provide two years of community college or  training program without debt
  • Create a new grant program to assist improve student access to community college
  • Tackle the barriers that prevent students from completing their community college / training credential.
  • $50 billion investment in workforce training, including community-college business partnerships and apprenticeships.
  • Make public colleges and universities tuition-free for all families with incomes below $125,000

The Plan: 4 Year College

  • Double the maximum value of Pell grants to increase the number of middle-class students who can attend college
  • People making $25,000 or less per year will not owe any payments on their undergraduate federal student loans and also won’t accrue any interest on those loans. Everyone else will pay 5% of their discretionary income
  • FIX loan forgiveness for public servants

The Plan: Institutions
  • Establish a grant program to support under-resourced schools that serve large numbers of Pell-eligible students. The funds will be used to foster collaboration between colleges and community-based organizations to provide wraparound support services for students, especially veterans, single parents, low-income students, students of color, and students with disabilities who may face unique challenges.
  • Stop for-profit education programs from profiteering off of students.
  • Crack down on private lenders profiting off student debt
  • Protect post-9/11 GI benefit for veterans and qualified family members
  • 18 billion in grants to these four-year schools, equivalent to up to two years of tuition per low-income and middle class student, including DREAMers and students who transfer to a four-year HBCU, TCU, or MSI from a tuition-free community college.

Post a Comment

Love to hear your thoughts and opinions, let's chat!