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College Affordability

College Affordability

NEA's Degrees Not Debt Campaign

NEA's Degrees Not Debt Campaign

Brittany Jones testifying

"Student loan debt has been the driving force of my decisions for the last eight years of my life, and according to my current repayment plan, it is projected to be for the next 25 years of my life, well into the years when I should be planning a retirement. It should not be that way."

- Future educator Brittany Jones before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee

Raise Your Voice

Every American deserves a fair shot at higher education. But student debt has become a barrier to accessing the American Dream. Raise your voice for college affordability!

College Affordability Solutions

There are solutions to this crisis of college affordability. Congress could make college more affordable by:

  • Increasing grant aid to minimize the need for loans. Helping students get their degrees faster by reinstating year-round Pell Grants
  • Decreasing the cost of student loans, allowing federal student loans to be refinanced when interest rates decline instead of balancing the budget on the backs of our students.
    • Streamlining federal loan repayment plans to create a single, income-based option with affordable monthly payments for struggling borrowers.
    • Restoring federally subsidized loans for graduate students.
  • Enhancing federal loan forgiveness programs for those who choose careers in public service—including teachers—and expand them to include ALL faculty at colleges and universities — contingent and tenured/tenure-track.
  • Increasing federal aid and providing incentives to increase state aid to institutions, including minority-serving institutions



Americans deserve degrees, not debt


Download the PDF version of 5 Steps to Kick Student Debt.

Did you know…

...average student debt is $30,000?
…more than 33 million Americans qualify for Income Driven Repayment plans (IDR)?
…1/4th of the workforce qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)?
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