The Debt-Free College Act of 2018 is distinctive for its proposal to establish a long-term plan to do so, while paying particular attention to the financial needs of low-income students and students of color.
America’s College Promise Act fulfills the promise to make college more accessible and affordable for millions of low-income and non-traditional students and promote transfer pathways to bachelor’s degrees. CLASP is pleased the bill waives the cost of tuition and fees at community colleges and technical colleges, which means that students can use their financial aid for ever-increasing living costs.
The Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports that an additional $53 billion in public and private resources annually would be required to fully fund a national, high-quality child care and early education system.
States are increasingly using waiver requests seeking federal permission to change how they operate their safety-net programs. Recently, the waiver process has steered off course from its original intent, and states are increasingly using it as a mechanism to create barriers to basic needs programs.
Workplace conditions and employer policies are taking an incredible toll on Black maternal health. Increasing access to health care and paid family and medical leave will have a huge benefit for Black mothers and their children.
The Trump Administration's budget proposal is yet another gut-punch to low-income individuals and families. It includes devastating cuts to core benefit programs that would destabilize millions of lives and unravel our nation’s safety net.
The Trump Administration's paid parental leave proposal leaves out millions of people. It comes as we mark 25 years of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which was an important step but does not do enough to improve job quality for low-wage workers.
Maine's LIFT Act recognizes the challenges that can prevent low-income students from completing postsecondary education. By combining public benefits with targeted counseling, financial aid, and advising, the LIFT Act could improve their prospects of degree completion.