“Education is key to breaking generational poverty. Higher education leads to greater social mobility and economic opportunity, and when we prioritize education in all communities, the middle class will grow.”
As a former community college student and professor, I understand the direct impact higher education can make on individuals and our economy. In my youth, I was able to string together part-time jobs and graduate debt free. Later, I helped students with families and jobs navigate the same process. But today, it is nearly impossible for students to afford the education they need to launch their careers.
The high cost of tuition comes with a high cost for society. When young people opt out of college because they can’t afford it, we lose scientists, engineers, and other professionals who could grow our economy right here at home. For those that do take on the high costs of tuition, many won’t be able to buy cars, a house, or start their families until this debt is paid.
When we invest in students, we invest in communities, and when we cancel student debt, we boost the economy, which creates greater housing stability and increased support for local businesses.
This is why I support student debt cancellation of up to $50,000 and public service loan forgiveness programs that connect graduates with high need communities like those in California’s 16th congressional district. I also support tuition-free community colleges and technical schools as well as tuition-free education at public four-year schools for financially-challenged families.
KIM FOR CONGRESS
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Education is key to breaking generational poverty. Higher education leads to greater social mobility and economic opportunity, and when we prioritize education in all communities, the middle class will grow.