Legislative Alert

An important white paper was released this month that will impact college affordability. There’s only a few short days left to weigh in on how its policies will affect you and your family. Can you take a moment to submit a public comment before this Friday, April 24 – and then ask your friends to do the same?

What’s this all about?

Congress will consider legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act later this year.  This Act authorizes federal student aid programs – such as Pell Grants and student loans. We need you to submit comments about this process by Friday.

Commenting on the papers below will influence how policy is written and has an impact on college pricing. In the next three days, we hope you will send in your comments - and cc us to let us know your thoughts! Here’s how.

Read the White Papers

The Chairman of the U.S. Senate Education Committee – Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee – released three white papers to solicit feedback on issues. This is the most important one: Consumer Information: Concepts and Proposals

This paper affects college pricing information. It’s about ensuring public access to accurate, comparable data on institutions of higher education and making sure information is consumer friendly to enable students and families to select the school that best fits their need.

Submit Your Comments

After you read the paper here, submit comments by Friday, April 24th at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) to consumerinformation@help.senate.gov, and cc us at whitepaper@freecollegenow.org. All comments will be then be shared with Ranking Member Patty Murray and the other Senators serving on the committee. Here are some ideas on what you may want to address:

  • What postsecondary data, pricing information and disclosures would be helpful for you and your family in deciding where to attend college?
  • Should this information be reported by the U.S. Department of Education, individual colleges, or both?
  • What is the appropriate balance between privacy and consumer information?  Would you be willing to allow the collection of student level data in order to provide better pricing and/or earnings outcomes information? 

Thank you for participating in this important effort.

Our campaign will continue to monitor and report on efforts needed to fundamentally reform our nation’s system for financing higher education.  We hope that we can count on your continued support and will keep you posted on the progress of the Higher Education Act!

Don't forget - tell your friends to spread the news about this deadline.

We can't do this alone!

Our goal is to make higher education a possibility for every American, without regard to their financial circumstances.

We have a lot to do and not much time to do it, so your support is critical for our campaign to succeed. It’s with your investment that we can fundamentally reform how higher education is financed in this country, opening the doors to a more equitable society.

If you agree with our goal, our plan, and the urgency of the problem, we ask that you give what you can to help us write the next chapter in our nation’s history of continuously expanding access to universal, free education.

The Campaign for Free College Tuition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in the State of Washington in 2014 to educate parents, students, the higher education community, policy makers and taxpayers about efforts needed to fundamentally reform our nation’s system for financing higher education. This website and CFCT’s educational outreach activities are made possible through generous individual and foundation support.

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