Hartford Courant: Courtney, College Students Fear GOP Plan To Overhaul Student Loan Programs
GOP-sponsored bill to revise federal student loan programs would shatter the hopes thousands of Connecticut college students, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2, and a group of students warned Friday.
Courtney said the ultimate fate of the bill that passed the U.S. House Education & Workforce Committee on a party-line vote this week remains uncertain. He said the legislation is unlikely to come up for a House vote until early 2018 and that the Senate is likely to have a different version of the measure.
But the students present for a Friday morning news conference said the Republican bill would prevent many young people from ever attending college by ending a subsidized loan program, eliminating college loan forgiveness provisions, and failing to tackle the issue of high-interest education loans.
“This puts the American dream farther out of reach for half the population,” said Joshua Quintana, a senior at Central Connecticut State University who also works a full-time job while going to school. He called the GOP legislation “a full-on assault… on American youth.”