Rep. Price, House Democrats Unveil ‘Aim Higher Act’ to Support Affordable, Accessible Higher Education

July 25, 2018
Press Release
Legislation includes two provisions introduced by Rep. Price

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (July 24, 2018) – On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, Democrats on the Education and Workforce Committee unveiled the Aim Higher Act, a sweeping reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to provide every student the opportunity to earn a degree free of crushing debt that leads to a rewarding career. This legislation contains two bills introduced by Congressman David Price: the Advancing International and Foreign Language Education Act (H.R. 4491), which supports foreign language and international education programs at colleges and universities, and the Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act (H.R. 2949), which provides relief to borrowers of Joint Consolidation Loans. This bill stands in stark contrast to the Republican alternative, the PROSPER Act, which eliminates Subsidized federal students loans, ends the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and cuts $15 billion from federal student aid overall.

“The Aim Higher Act is a bold vision for affordable, accessible higher education in our country,” said Congressman David Price. “In addition to ensuring that students have access to the full range of quality four-year and two-year degrees that give students a path to a good career, this bill includes provisions I authored to expand existing foreign and international language programs and would provide relief to borrowers with legacy joint consolidation loans who are victims of abuse or uncommunicative spouses.”

The Aim Higher Act:

  • Makes college more affordable today – by investing in federal student aid –  and helps states make public college tuition more affordable in the future – by incentivizing states to reinvest in higher education,
  • Cracks down on predatory for-profit institutions that target students and veterans with expensive, low-quality programs,
  • Protects and expands the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which is eliminated in the Republican PROSPER Act, and makes student loans simpler and easier to repay,
  • Provides students the tools they need to graduate on time with a quality degree, and
  • Invests in teachers and strengthens training for teachers and school leaders to improve the quality of our schools.