Sen. Clinton’s Plan to Make College Affordable for America’s Families

In the 21st Century, a college education is more important than ever. Hillary Clinton believes it's time for a new bargain with the American people – a bargain that gives all Americans willing to work hard the tools they need to get ahead. Her plan will make college more affordable and accessible so that every American who has earned it and wants to go has the chance to get a college degree.

By providing a $3,500 tuition tax credit—more than 50% of the cost of tuition at the average public institution—and increasing Pell grants, Hillary’s plan will unlock the doors to higher education for millions of young Americans. In addition, Hillary will simplify the student aid process and strengthen incentives for students interested in public service.

“When it comes to higher education – we shouldn’t be playing catch-up with the world – we should be leading it. Because the skills and knowledge of our workforce will determine whether America can compete and win in the global economy,” Clinton said.

“I believe that college shouldn’t just be a privilege for the wealthy – but an opportunity for anyone with the talent, determination and ambition to learn. And I believe that every American should have access to lifelong learning opportunities – from apprenticeships, to community college, to the most select four-year institutions.

“This tax credit is at the heart of my plan – the key to unlocking the doors of higher education for students across America, many of whom never dreamed they’d be able to attend. And the key to unleashing the power of the American economy as well.”

As President, Hillary will make college more affordable and accessible by:

· Lowering the cost of college through a $3,500 tuition tax credit, enough to cover more than 50% of the cost of tuition at the average public institution for many families.

· Lowering the cost of college through a $3,500 tuition tax credit, enough to cover more than 50% of the cost of tuition at the average public institution for many families.

· Increasing the Pell Grant.

· Strengthening community colleges and training programs.

· Improving college graduation rates.

· Providing additional aid for people who do public service.

· Simplifying student aid.

· Providing clear information about the real cost of college well in advance to help families plan.

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