Visit Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s website and you’ll see a plethora of topics. Clinton schools Trump by laying out specifics on top issues including education.
Visit Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s website and click the Issues section. What you’ll find is a three minute video of students defending the now defunct scam known as Trump University. Seriously.
Trump Would End the Common Core
Scroll down to the bottom however, and find a 51 second clip of Trump discussing how the education system needs to be local, and taken out of the hands of the national government.
Trump states he wants to,
“End common core education.”
Abolishing the common core would throw the country back into widely varying standards between states. In decades past, children were being better or lesser educated simply by virtue of where they lived.
The Common Core Standards Initiative was created in 2009 to solve these inequities.
Clinton’s Education Plan
In contrast, Hillary’s plan would make community colleges free to attend.
This would mean the highest level of education students could earn would be an Associate’s Degree.
Once they earned their Associate’s Degree at no cost, students would have the option to transfer to a four year paid university program. There they could complete the two years needed to earn a bachelor’s degree.
This would essentially cut the cost of a four year degree in half.
Clinton proposes that conditions be met. To qualify, a student’s working family must:
- Have an annual income of no more than $125,000
- Attend a college or university within their home state
- Attend a college or university that is public
- The students must work 10 hours a week to help defray costs
Students of families who make $85,000 a year or less will be able to attend an in-state four-year public college or university program for free.
Relief for Graduates Too
Former Sec. Clinton has planned for students who’ve graduated and have outstanding loans too.
Clinton would provide entrepreneurs with the ability to defer their student loan repayments for up to 3 years. This would be without interest.
Clinton has incentives for those who’ve graduated and become entrepreneurs. Especially those starting companies in distressed communities.
Hillary Clinton’s plan would also allow for student loan refinancing which has been unavailable to date. The U.S. government will make $66 billion from student loans in the next six years.
Clinton lays out ways this plan will be paid for. This includes exploring more options to encourage employers to help pay down student debt.
One way she could encourage employers would be to approve H.R. 3861, the Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act, which allows employers to make tax-deductible contributions towards student loans.
One way or the other, the next president will face getting approval from Congress to pass their plan.
The notion to eliminate the Department of Education and the common core while private lenders take over the loan process, would be a disaster.
There are enough barriers to paying for higher education in America as it is.
Just another reason to say, “I’m with her.”
Check out Clinton’s announcement revealing her education plan:
Check out Trump’s supposed plan:
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