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“Education is a Critical Opportunity”

Kinzinger Op-Ed in the Rockford Register Star

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Washington, August 6, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) recently penned an op-ed highlighting the bipartisan bill he introduced last month to improve access to student financial aid.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) recently penned an op-ed highlighting the bipartisan bill he introduced last month to improve access to student financial aid. His legislation, H.R.6349, the Improving Middle Class Access to Higher Education Act, aligns the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Simplified Needs Test with the income thresholds already used by the IRS. This will help middle class families and students move forward on the student aid application without the additional burdensome, complicated questions.

Congressman Kinzinger’s article highlights the bill as one way we can increase access to quality, affordable higher education, which will help more people take steps towards a brighter future and a chance to achieve the American Dream.   

An excerpt from the op-ed can be found below, and the full piece can be found on the Rockford Register Star website, and on the Congressman’s website.

“Like millions of Americans, I know that higher education—whether it be a four-year degree, a professional certificate, or an associate’s degree—is the key to unlocking the American Dream. Today, national unemployment is at 3.8%, but when you compare unemployment of individuals with a high school diploma (4.6%) to those with an associate’s degree (3.4%) or a bachelor’s degree (2.5%), it’s clear that higher education has a positive impact on a student’s chance at success. Not only are more jobs available to those with a post-secondary education, but the jobs also pay more. Compared to their peers who completed high school only, Americans with an associate’s degree earn about $124 more in their paycheck every week. For those with a bachelor’s degree, that number jumps to $461 more per week.”

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Whether for young people just starting their careers or those looking to further their education later in life, Congress should ensure that middle class students have access to existing federal grants, loans, and other forms of financial aid. Doing so will not only help our economy, but the hope and opportunity from furthering one’s education and skill set will help more of our friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens improve their chances at achieving their slice of the American Dream.”

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