Washington, DC— Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted in favor of legislation which will address the mounting cost of education and help remove barriers that prevent qualified students from attending college. The legislation also includes a provision from Shea-Porter which allows school financial aid administrators to consider expenses incurred by families who are caring for an adult dependent when calculating a student’s financial aid package. The Higher Education Opportunity Act passed the House 380-49.
“With the cost of education skyrocketing, it has become increasingly difficult for families to send their children to college,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This important piece of legislation will help students across the country achieve their dreams through higher education.”
Additionally, the bill will:
- Make textbook costs more manageable for students by, among other things, helping them plan for textbook expenses in advance of each semester;
- Allow students to receive year-round Pell Grant scholarships;
- Strengthen college readiness and support programs for minority and low-income students;
- Increase college aid and support programs for veterans and military families;
- Improve safety on college campuses and help schools recover and rebuild after a disaster;
- Ensure equal college opportunities and fair learning environments for students with disabilities;
- Strengthen our nation’s workforce and economic competitiveness by boosting science, technology, and foreign language educational opportunities.
Congresswoman Shea-Porter has a strong record of working to improve education. Participants from the University of New Hampshire recently thanked Shea-Porter for her support of Upward Bound, the Federal program that helps high school students succeed in higher education. Last year, Shea-Porter supported a $20 billion increase in college financial aid over the next five years, the largest increase in student aid since the G.I. Bill of 1944—including cutting student loan interest rates in half and increasing Pell Grants.