CBO Confirms: House Higher Education Bill Costs Students Billions

February 6, 2018
Statement of James Kvaal

“Today’s analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office lifts the curtain on the PROSPER Act’s misguided priorities. The bill would raise the costs of student debt, including charging enrolled students at least $19 billion more in interest and increasing income-based loan payments by at least $15 billion. Meanwhile, it allocates billions of dollars to low-quality colleges that don’t meet today’s accountability standards. On balance, the PROSPER Act would make college more expensive for millions of students each year, changes we recently detailed in an in-depth blog series How the PROSPER Act Stacks up for Student Debt.