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Mitchell Statement on Reauthorization of Higher Education Act Markup

December 12, 2017
Press Release

Mitchell Statement on Reauthorization of Higher Education Act Markup

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement on the markup of the Higher Education Reauthorization:

“Education is a deeply personal issue to me.  Growing up, my family lived paycheck to paycheck.  I took a risk and was the first of my entire family to go to college.  I was lucky that my risk paid off; a quality education helped me reach my goals and live the American dream,” said Representative Mitchell.

“Today, education and the path to upward mobility looks markedly different than it did when I began my career: the average student is saddled with $37,172 of student loan debt and 8 million borrowers are in default.  The typical American gets one shot at pursuing higher education; they cannot afford to take a gamble on a program or degree that will not return their investment. Unfortunately, students have no way of finding seemingly basic information like what they can expect to pay out of pocket and how students fare in the labor market after leaving college. 

This information would have been made available for all students with the passage of my bill, the College Transparency Act.  Transparency has long been a priority of mine, and it is a priority for the over 100 organizations that have endorsed the College Transparency Act.  The PROSPER Act attempts to make use of the theories behind the College Transparency Act, but it only makes student outcome data available for low-income students that rely on federal assistance to pay for higher education.  That does not provide adequate information since it only addresses a small portion of the student population.

“With today’s legislation, we had a rare opportunity to make meaningful change, and we fell short.  We need to make serious change to provide accurate and complete information for consumers. I voted in favor of the PROSPER Act because ultimately, it is a step forward from the status quo that higher education in this country so urgently needs.  Unfortunately, it falls short in truly allowing American consumers to make the best decision for them in pursuing higher education, upward mobility, and long-term success.  I will continue to advocate for transparency in higher education.”

Read Rep. Mitchell’s full Statement for the Record HERE.

Background on The College Transparency Act

  • Congressman Mitchell introduced the bipartisan College Transparency Act with Rep. Polis (D-Colo.) on May 17, 2017.
  • Read the College Transparency Act HERE.
  • View a list of endorsements for the College Transparency Act HERE.
  • To view a one-pager of the College Transparency Act, click HERE.
  • To view a section-by-section of the College Transparency Act, click HERE.
  • To read FAQ about the College Transparency Act, click HERE.