“The Build Back Better Act has the potential to fundamentally transform the nation’s higher education system. In its original form, it includes three core reforms: a new federal-state partnership to fund tuition-free community college; a $500 boost to the maximum Pell Grant; and a landmark retention and completion fund to support evidence-based student success initiatives. Together, these programs can restore the promise of higher education and address the root causes of rising costs and spiking student debt. Removing free community college – or any of the three prongs – threatens to undermine the bill’s key promise to help more students afford college and complete a degree.”
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