Sen. Sanders Introducing Legislation to Help Students Afford College

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/12 2014 03:30PM

Updated 05/12 2014 06:20PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Monday that he plans on introducing legislation to help students earn college credits in high school to help cut the cost of college.

A press release says the legislation would expand programs that allow high school juniors and seniors take college-level classes and earn credit that counts to both high school and college graduation. Sanders also supports a separate bull to lower interest rates on student loans. 

“We are living in a highly competitive global economy and if the United States is going to succeed we need to have the best educated workforce in the entire world,” Sanders said. “But the sad truth is we are now competing against other nations around the world that make it much easier for their young people to go to college.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). 

Senate Democrats,including New York's Chuck Schumer, are pushing a separate bill that would allow those with outstanding student loans to refinance at the same low rates offered to this year's borrowers.

To read a summary of the legislation, click here.

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