In this paper, the CLASP and NCLC explore the disproportionate impact of student debt on Black borrowers, and make recommendations to address the dual student loan and college affordability crises through federal policies and executive action.
On January 20, the Biden Administration announced additional funding and resources to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created and exacerbated barriers to postsecondary success.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is the federal legislation governing the public workforce system—and it is up for reauthorization for the first time since 2014. As Congress considers reauthorization, CLASP recommends focusing on five priorities to help people secure better jobs.
States have a new opportunity to use federal funding through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training Program to offer paid work-based learning activities to workers and jobseekers who have been overlooked for far too long and often face compounded economic marginalization.