Higher Ed Proposals

On Monday, the Trump administration released several proposed changes to the Higher Education Act, which is in the early stages of reauthorization by Congress. The proposal recommends reducing the number of federal loan repayment options and capping the amount of student loans that parents and graduate students can take on.

This is great but why just graduate students?

Both the borrowing cap and the repayment consolidation are sorely needed. Now if Trump also proposes reducing support staff (diversity, assessment, inclusion, etc) at colleges by two thirds, I’ll even vote for him. But he’s not going to, so no need to worry.

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17 thoughts on “Higher Ed Proposals”

  1. Now if Trump also proposes reducing support staff (diversity, assessment, inclusion, etc) at colleges by two thirds, I’ll even vote for him. But he’s not going to, so no need to worry.

    Sure, Jan.
    OT: Do you even have a department secretary anymore?

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      1. DSA has an outsize voice considering their size. But they’re exactly the people who Bernie caves into, so it’s good to see him not doing it.

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        1. Bernie desperately needs to win in Pennsylvania and Ohio in the general. And the voters he needs are unlikely to be very into DSA. So he’s got to get smart.

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          1. He doesn’t need to win Ohio, but you’re right about Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is easier to win than Ohio, but are definitely not DSA types. IMO it’s the state most politically similar to Ohio, though significantly more Democratic leaning. We also can’t take Michigan for granted. I’m completely confident he’d win Wisconsin, Minnesota, and NH (the other states we lost or came close to losing in 2016.)

            Speaking of Ohio, I recently read that his approval rating has dropped 19 points here since he was inauguarated; not surprising after the Lordstown bullshit. His approval has dropped some everywhere since then, of course, but that’s a larger than average drop. Yet Dems are convinced we shouldn’t even try here. Winning Ohio isn’t essential and may or may not be possible, but it’s stupid to just give up on entire states because you lost ONE election (and one midterm, but only by like 4-5 points.)

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  2. Federal student loans for undergrads are already capped. I get the point, but it’s sucky if you don’t happen to get grants and scholarships.

    Speaking of grants, we’re now required to pay taxes on them, since they are “income.” Even though it’s income that we don’t have and never have had. So a student on a Pell Grant — which is an amazing thing for an older student like me — would have to pay taxes on a.) tuition reimbursement from my employer — even though I already paid income taxes on the money I spent for the classes in the first place — and b.) Pell Grant or other grant money, which is money I have never had. God forbid I be a student who for whatever reason can’t work full-time while taking classes.

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    1. When I was at Yale, I had to pay taxes in Canada on the scholarship that Yale gave me in the US. I was not even living in Canada at that time. It was so weird.

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  3. Both the borrowing cap and the repayment consolidation are sorely needed.

    The result of the borrowing cap will, of course, be that many students will be forced to drop out of grad school. Graduate study will become something available only to children of the wealthy.

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    1. When I was applying to grad school the common wisdom was that you should absolutely never consider a program that wasn’t providing tuition + a living stipend. Granted, this was in science. Is it common for humanities grad students to pay tuition?

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      1. No, of course not. That’s why I asked David how much his students were paying.

        Unless it’s medical school or law school (which aren’t considered graduate but professional schools), nobody pays. Everybody I know has an MA or a PhD, and nobody paid a dime of had to take out any loans.

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    1. “Sorry. I yet again forgot to put in my personal info.”

      We all knew it was your post, anyway — recognized your writing style!

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      1. I’m right at this moment advising a student who wants to go to graduate school. Every program we are looking at waives tuition and offers a living stipend. I’ve never heard of it being any different, so I’m puzzled by the idea that only the rich will be able to afford grad school.

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