WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Congressman John Faso (NY-19) today introduced the Go to High School, Go to College Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation to make college credits more accessible and affordable for America's students. The bill would allow eligible students to use Pell Grants to pay for college credits while in high school.
"Regardless of income, every eligible high school student should be able to pursue a college education and not be limited by financial barriers," said Congresswoman Fudge. "This legislation will expand the Pell Grant program and allow low-income students to get an early start on college. I am proud to reintroduce this legislation, which is a needed investment in our students and will help increase college completion rates across the country."
Congressman Faso said, "As a society we should be doing whatever we can to ensure our talented young people have the tools and resources they need to be successful. That starts with a quality education. I am proud to introduce the Go to High School, Go to College Act with my colleague Congresswoman Fudge, as it will allow ambitious High School students to save money on costly tuition while also getting a jump-start on their postsecondary education. This legislation will most directly benefit low-income students who might otherwise not have an opportunity to further their education because of the costs."
Here's what some of our nation's leading educators had to say about the Go to High School, Go to College Act:
Leon Botstein, President, Bard College: "Bard College is deeply grateful to Representative Faso and Representative Fudge for their leadership in promoting this innovative approach to supporting early college high schools nationwide. The opportunity to earn free college credits up to an Associate's degree alongside a high school diploma is transformative for students, and the Go to High School,
Go to College Act provides an important vehicle for sustaining and expanding these programs for low-income students across the country, so they can access, afford, and complete higher education."
LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education: "Early College High Schools are an important resource for CTE students who wish to pursue postsecondary credentials, a 2-year degree, or beyond. By expanding Federal Pell Grant eligibility to high school students, this bill helps break down barriers for youth who may have otherwise been unable to pursue postsecondary education while still in high school. ACTE applauds Representatives Faso and Fudge for their leadership in introducing this bill."
The Go to High School, Go to College Act was first introduced by Congresswoman Fudge and familes served by the Youngstown chaptee, stated President Freeman.