The Cost of College Could Change

Story by

Angela Harrington

Staff Reporter

United States President Joe Biden unveiled on April 28, 2021, the American Families Plan, which according to a Fact Sheet released on the same day by whitehouse.gov is a plan that is going to offer 2 years of community college to all Americans, including DREAMers.

It also proposes to provide an increase in the amount of individual Pell Grant awards by an additional $1,400 per student and allow DREAMers to access Pell Grants as well.

The Plan would also provide two years of free universal pre-K education, make child care more affordable, provide twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave to employees, as well as additional provisions. 

Through legislative processes, Congress will consider the proposal.

The House and Senate have to pass the bill before it can take effect.

If the bill does not receive bipartisan support, then it may onlybe able to pass through a reconciliation vote, which requires only a simple majority vote in the Senate. 

The money to finance this plan will come from taxes according to whitehouse.gov, but the majority of Americans will not feel the impact of those taxes.

The taxes will be taken from people who make $400,000 or more annually. 

 

To read more about the proposed plan check out this link:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/28/fact-sheet-the-american-families-plan/

To learn more about what a reconciliation vote is and how it works, check out this link: 

https://budget.house.gov/publications/fact-sheet/budget-reconciliation-basics

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