URGENT: We need YOU to help stop the PROSPER Act in its tracks!

This month, the U.S. House of Representatives may vote on an overhaul of the Higher Education Act, the PROSPER Act, that is a grave threat to students seeking affordable, quality higher education. We need your help to stop this bill NOW.

TICAS has analyzed how the PROSPER Act would saddle students with more debt they can’t afford. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the bill would charge students at least $19 billion more in student loan interest, increase income-based loan payments by at least $15 billion, and eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Millions of students would pay thousands of dollars more on their loans. If that’s not enough, it lowers standards for colleges, sending billions in taxpayer dollars to low-quality schools that leave students worse off.

Students and taxpayers deserve much better.

The PROSPER Act would close the door to a quality higher education and economic mobility for those who need it most. Email your Representative now and urge them to reject this harmful vision for higher education.


Message:

I'm writing to urge you to oppose the PROSPER Act, which would make it harder and more expensive for students to earn a quality certificate or degree. The bill would charge students at least $19 billion more in student loan interest, and increase income-based loan payments by at least $15 billion. On top of devastating cuts to federal financial aid, the PROSPER Act allocates billions of dollars to low-quality programs that leave students worse off. 

Students and taxpayers deserve better than the PROSPER Act. At a time when millions of low-income and other vulnerable students are already struggling to afford college, it is imperative that any reauthorization of the Higher Education Act put students first. 

I urge you to reject the harmful vision laid out in the PROSPER Act, and instead work to:

1) Invest in student financial aid, including significantly increasing the Pell Grant, which currently covers just 28% of the cost of attending a four-year public college, and making student loans more affordable.

2) Protect current accountability standards that ensure student and taxpayer dollars don't freely flow to low-quality and even deceptive schools and programs.

I appreciate your attention to this important issue at a critical time for our nation's higher education system, and hope you will vote NO on the PROSPER Act.

Sincerely,