Higher Education in Draft Democratic Party Platform

July 5, 2016

The Democratic National Committee last Friday released a draft party platform that included no surprises on higher education. The draft's roughly 500 words on the issue follow the broad brush strokes of proposals Hillary Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee, has made on the campaign trail, including plans to make community colleges free and to "simplify and expand" access to income-based repayment while also cutting interest rates for federal student loans. Also included were pledges to strengthen minority-serving institutions and to crack down on for-profits, with the draft mentioning the unaccredited Trump University, which was not eligible to receive federal aid, in its section on for-profits.

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