December 7, 2007

Dem candidate Sen. John Edward’s Education Platform

Posted in Legislation Affecting Students at 7:38 AM by Joe From Boston


In my continuing effort to inform you on the myriad candidate’s varying education platforms, here comes another one for you – John Edward, courtesy of NCHelp.org.  The Senator also addressed the need to make college more affordable this week.

  • Overhaul the student loan program by letting all students borrow directly from the Department of Education, through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Senator Edwards contends that eliminating bank subsidies on student loans will “free up billions of dollars to make college more affordable.”
  • Create a National “College for Everyone” Initiative to based on a North Carolina program that would pay one year of public-college tuition, fees, and books for more than 2 million students.  To stay eligible, students would be required to work part-time in college, take a college-prep curriculum in high school, and stay out of trouble.
  • Simplify the financial aid application by utilizing information the government already collects.
  • Give students the tools they need to apply for college and tuition assistance by providing every low-income high school eligible for Title I hire a new college counselor to help students choose college-track courses and navigate the admissions and financial aid process.