Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Students Complete CollegePublished Sep 15, 2021
By Office of Senator Martin Heinrich
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the College Completion Fund Act, landmark legislation to promote college completion in a thoughtful, innovative, and comprehensive way, and address longstanding inequities in college access and success.
Senator Heinrich unveiled the legislation last week during a virtual briefing hosted by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), in partnership with TICAS and Results for America, and with support from UnidosUS and Third Way—organizations all dedicated to the success of today’s students and are calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in the College Completion Fund (CCF).
“The benefits of higher education are nothing short of transformational for individuals, families, communities, and our country as a whole – but only if students make it over the completion finish line. Even before the pandemic, at least 36 million people had some college, but no degree, and the rates of completion reveal major inequities along racial and socioeconomic lines. The College Completion Fund Act would make a once-in-a-generation investment in the human, financial, and technological capacity needed to leverage the diversity of our nation’s talent and realize the economic – and non-economic – benefits of higher education. This bill’s level of investment is proportionate to the magnitude of the challenge at hand and the payoff it could provide by building a more just and equitable shared future.” –Mamie Voight, Interim President of IHEP.
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