Washington, DC (July 8, 2015) – Congressman Robert C. Scott (D-VA) and Senator Tammy Baldwin’s (D-WI) newly introduced The America’s College Promise Act of 2015 provides much needed grants to cover two years of college at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and MSIs for eligible students and is essential for our nation to lead the world in graduation rates. The Obama Administration’s proposal around two years of free community college is a first step; however, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has always taken the position that two years of free college should travel with the student and be extended to any four-year public institution.
Scott and Baldwin’s proposed America’s College Promise Act increases HBCU access for students who are eligible and ready to enroll into a four-year institution right away as well as for those who want to transfer into an HBCU from a community college. TMCF urges Congress to find ways to increase college access for low-income students. The per student grant amount under this new legislation will not exceed the national average of public four-year institutional tuition and fees – which is reasonable. Federal agencies and the private sector have jobs that need to be filled and American students need college and special training to be competitive for many rewarding career opportunities across the federal government and in corporate America.
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About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
TMCF is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools nation-wide and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. TMCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit tmcf.org.