Faso Introduces Bipartisan Go to High School, Go to College Act

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Washington, D.C., November 16, 2017 | comments
“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.”
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced the introduction of the bipartisan Go to High School, Go to College Act of 2017. The Go to High School, Go to College Act would allow Pell grant funding for eligible students to be used for transferable college credits that students complete in an early college program offered by an accredited Institution of Higher Education. Faso introduced the legislation with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH-11).

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.”

Congresswoman Fudge added, “Regardless of income, every eligible high school student should be able to pursue a college education and not be limited by financial barriers. This legislation will expand the Pell Grant program and allow low-income students to get an early start on college.  I am proud to re-introduce this legislation, which is a needed investment in our students and will help increase college completion rates across the country.”

Here’s what some of our nation’s leading educators had to say about the Go to High School, Go to College Act:

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson: “We believe strongly in the mission of Early College High Schools, which provide traditionally underrepresented students a head start on college and have proven to better prepare them for success. The State University of New York currently partners with more than 60 Early College High Schools across New York State. We are proud to support this new bill, which would further expand access and affordability for our students and their peers throughout the country. My thanks as always to Congressman Faso, a true champion of public higher education and the students we serve.”

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.”

For more information on the legislation, click here.
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