Kim Weaver | 9/16/16
I saw a study in Washington Monthly this week that I found rather shocking. You might find it shocking, too. It said that Harvard was the most affordable four-year-college in America. Yes, that Harvard. And as if that wasn't enough of a head-scratcher, Stanford, Princeton, Penn, and MIT all landed in the Top 10. My first thought upon reading this was, "How is this possible?!" When I read further, it became clear: Endowments and scholarships.
My oldest son got into MIT, and we could never have afforded it without Pell Grants and scholarships. Unfortunately, not every family is so lucky. Most families, in fact, struggle to save the money for their children's education, and the result is millions upon millions of students graduating from college with debt so massive it's near-to-impossible for them to contribute to economic growth or enjoy economic prosperity. Buy a house? Hardly. Many are lucky if they can buy a car. Disposable isn't word to describe any significant part of their income. It's a word that too often describes how they feel.
There are many luxuries that the top 1% enjoy that the rest of us only wish for. Higher education shouldn't be one of them. It should be easily attainable for anyone willing to put in the effort and do the work. And it shouldn't result in a "debt sentence." That's why I developed a plan that offers students an opportunity to volunteer in lieu of student loan payments. I call it i-GIVE - Generating Investment through Volunteer Engagement. You can read more about it here.
Apparently, my opponent doesn't consider education a priority. Have you ever heard him talk about it? His voting record on education is appalling. YES on vouchers. NO on Pell grants. NO on grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. Read all about it here, if you can stomach it.
We owe it to our kids to make education a priority, and to make it affordable for anyone who values it and is willing to buckle down and get to work. The only way that's going to happen is if we elect representatives to Congress who value education and consider it an investment in the future of this great country, and the only hope of making America competitive in the global economy.
Can you chip in to help replace a representative who has a 17% rating by the NEA with a candidate who's been endorsed by them? It will be a great investment our country's future. Because I think higher education should be attainable and affordable for every child willing to hit the books.