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Make higher education more affordable and accessible

Members of the NEA Board of Directors met with lawmakers earlier this month and urged them to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) and address the urgent need to make college more affordable and accessible. The College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), a comprehensive reauthorization of the law, cleared the House Education and Labor Committee but has not yet come to the floor. NEA supports the bill and successfully advocated for expanding Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility to include adjunct and contingent faculty—a huge victory. Tell your representative to support H.R. 4674 and your senators that students and educators need a comprehensive HEA reauthorization. READ MORE


Tell your representative to support H.R. 4674 and your senators that students and educators need a comprehensive HEA reauthorization.

32 responses to “Make higher education more affordable and accessible

  1. I am going to rewrite this phrase ones again: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” I believe that is the way that some politics wants us to be because in that way they can play with advantage. Now; We need to get smarts because in that way we can stop this people to play with our intelligence.

    1. Our priority should be educate people! So we don’t breed the Culture of ignorance. Please make College available for minorities,

    2. Ones again, I see another grammatical mistake on a web site forum regarding education. is that to show how education has failed in this country? Or are folks that post on here not able to win on are you as smart as a 5th grader? Ones again, I just wonder.

  2. The cost of college has risen so high that young people have to choose if they will attend and if so, will.have to choose one close to home, so they can commute, as they can’t afford housing also. Many students have far higher debt than I ever had, for their one collge, than I had for the five I graduated from (including an Ivy league).

    The cost of a college education is becoming a wealthy person’s privilege once again.

  3. Not so long ago, Congress gave a $1.5 trillion welfare tax break to corporations and billionaires. Very recently, Congress put $160 billion MORE into a “defense” budget that was already larger than the sum of the next seven countries combined.

    According to an article I read in USA Today, tuition-free public college for all who want it would cost about $47 billion. And, instead of being used for stock buy backs and explosions, it would actually be an investment in the future of our country.

    1. Please do not make higher education free. College will become the same as hi school. Students who go to college are getting less education already. Many classes are worthless and often slanted against values and morals.

      College needs to be a serious place where the students are invested in learning. They need to hear al kinds of ideas and learn to discern what is right and wrong.

      Don’t cheapen it. Don’t make it of no value. Hi School is already dumbed down, and few really study and care.

      Taxpayers don’t want to pay for all these freebees.

      1. I get where you’re coming from, part of a college education is the stress and pressure of achieving what is required. The shock is that a lot of learning is practical learning from the overall experience of interacting with people from all walk of life, religious persuasions, and cultures near and far.Your education will benefit you for your entire life. It will also benefit Mankind because of the wisdom your will possess and pass on to those around you. I think as long as students demonstrate commitment and good results from their education we should support them as much as possible.

  4. Absolutely! Let’s make Wm. Burgess Leavenworth’s suggestion viral, then make a plan to ensure it’s a requirement nationwide. Asimov wrote: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ ” The cult of anti-intellectualism is borne of fear of the unknown and arrogance (NOT mutually exclusive). A great antidote is to promote critical thinking skills, and how to fact-find.

    1. @Margaret McCourt: Assuming poor students have the work ethic to obtain satisfactory grades. However, many EMPLOYERS will pay for tuition if you prove to be worth investing in. I got my grad school paid for. If you have a good work ethic, are a dependable employee with a modicum of intelligence, you can work your way to a degree.

  5. We need to implement a modern equivalent of the Cursus Honorum that was the path to being a consul in the Roman Republic, before Caesar hijacked the government. Under the cursus honorum, every candidate for higher office had to have performed satisfactorily in a succession of increasingly responsible lower offices, both military and civilian. What we have here today is a system in which money speakes louder than performance and experience. If we do not change this, we will collapse in another civil war, this time between the haves and the have-nots. Those who endorse this latter progression should take a closer look at the history of Bourbon France, and the history of Romanov Russia.

    1. Please implement this very important path we need to educate at many higher levels to make it available to all peoples no matter what their status in life is.

  6. This is such a crucial issue. I teacher in a title 1 school and can tell you from experience that a very low percentage of my students can afford to go to college. So many bright minds that cannot continue their education. Please help our future students be successful in life.

  7. What we should have is public education extending beyond high school, probably including paying students for taking classes that will make them more productive citizens. I understand some countries do this, and know that one medical school has become tuition free by donations.

  8. As a teacher/high school Counselor for 45 yrs. I resent Devos’s interference in our educational process, in particular public education. She knows nothing about how a classroom is managed or how public schools operate.

  9. HIgher education is becoming more and more a privilege for a select few. This country has many colleges and universities which fewer people can afford. I was lucky to afford years of graduate school, but I’ve no idea how my own daughter will be able to do the same, although she is a straight A student with tremendous promise.

    1. Our students today need all the protection they get receive. The US government needs to support our future now for a better and stronger America.

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