August 24, 2022
At a Glance
JFF applauds Biden’s loan forgiveness, and urges more action to help learners and workers advance
Jobs for the Future (JFF) applauds President Biden’s action to alleviate the college debt burden that prevents many students from achieving equitable economic advancement. Today’s decision to forgive $10,000 of student loan debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000 annually, along with previous affordability and targeted cancellation actions, will go a long way toward helping those who struggle to pay off student loans.
However, now is the moment to fundamentally reform how we finance postsecondary education and hold schools accountable for student success. We urge the President and Congress to reinstate the Gainful Employment rule, strengthen and simplify federal income-driven repayment, expand Pell grants for workforce skills training programs, fund college completion efforts, invest in navigational supports, and explore new financing approaches that align college and university financial incentives with student economic outcomes. Without these structural reforms, longstanding problems such as low completion rates, poor-quality credentials, and students taking on unnecessary debt will remain unaddressed, potentially leading to an even bigger debt crisis in the near future.
JFF CEO Maria Flynn in “Putting the Pell Grant to Work—in the Workforce”
JFF CEO Maria Flynn in “Putting the Pell Grant to Work—in the Workforce” JFF President and CEO Maria Flynn co-authored an opinion column in The Hill praising the America COMPETES Act because it includes a…
Six Key Actions for Congress in 2022
Supporting learners and workers must be a priority in the year ahead. JFF recommends these critical policy actions for equitable economic recovery and the rebuilding of our nation. Expectation for 2022 As we start a…
JFF Calls on Congress to Act Quickly on the Build Back Better Framework
The bill, while a compromise, will provide critical investments in and support of American learners, workers, and families. The bill, while a compromise, will provide critical investments in and support of American learners, workers, and…