Scott Praises Proposals in American Families Plan to Lower the Cost of College

April 28, 2021
Press Release

As originally released by the Committee on Education & Labor

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Biden released his American Families Plan.  The proposal calls for key investments to strengthen Pell Grants, lower the cost of tuition at community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribally Controlled Universities, and Minority Serving Institutions, and take other steps to expand access to quality higher education.

“For too long, the rising cost of college—fueled by chronic state and federal disinvestment—has barred our nation’s students from being able to access a quality college degree.  Now, the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing higher education even further out of reach, particularly for our nation’s underserved students.

“The American Families Plan would help millions of Americans access a quality higher education at a time when the significant benefits of a college degree are more critical than ever.  Drawing from the Committee’s work on the America’s College Promise Act, the proposal calls for providing free community college tuition across the country.  It invests in affordable tuition at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribally Controlled Universities, and Minority Serving Institutions.  And it boosts the value of Pell Grants, which are the bedrock of our federal financial aid system.  These steps are a critical part of our comprehensive plan to lower the cost of higher education. I applaud President Biden for supporting these vital investments for students, workings families, and our economy.”