Student Voter Basics
BestColleges Student Voting Toolkit
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Student Voter Issues
These Higher Ed Policy Issues Will Define 2022
Here are four policy discussions that will impact higher education – and maybe control of Congress – in 2022.
College Affordability, Student Debt Forgiveness Top Priorities for Black Voters
A recent poll found that Black Americans are concerned about college affordability, support for HBCUs, and student debt forgiveness heading into the 2022 midterm elections.
How Will College Students Vote in 2022?
As if democracy depends on it, according to the latest Harvard Youth poll. Here’s what recent polls reveal about how college students will vote in the 2022 midterm elections.
How Climate Change Impacts Higher Education
In anticipation of how climate change will reshape our world, colleges are reshaping curricula around climate literacy.
What’s Next for the Free Community College Movement?
President Joe Biden campaigned on the promise of free community college for all, but the policy was cut from Build Back Better and now appears dead in Congress.
The 8 Voter Issues At Stake for Young Women in 2022
Women have outnumbered men in recent midterm elections. If this pattern continues, women may determine 2022 midterm election outcomes.
How Voter Suppression Impacts Black Students
The history of voter suppression has had an enduring impact on the Black community. Learn how it impacts Black students and why Black voter participation is important.
The Racial Wealth Gap and Higher Education Explained
For many Black and Latino/Hispanic families, higher education isn’t the economic silver bullet guaranteed to deliver the American Dream.
These Higher Ed Policies Could Help Close the Racial Wealth Gap
With 469 Congressional seats up for election in November, college students can have a say in how critical issues continue to play out on their campuses and across the nation.
Should College Be Free?
Free college has been a progressive rallying cry for years, but solid plans have failed to materialize and some economists say free college wouldn't benefit those most in need.
Will Student Debt Cancellation Happen Under Biden?
As midterm elections approach, student debt advocates and progressive politicians continue to press the president to cancel student loans for millions of Americans.
5 Reasons Why the Midterm Election Will Be Important for College Women
The 2022 midterm elections will have a direct impact on college women. Learn about the top political issues college women care about.
3 Tips for Overcoming Student Voting Barriers
Millennials and Gen Zers represent the largest share of eligible voters in 2020. But college-aged voters often face steep hurdles getting to the polls.
State Voting Laws Block Out-of-State Students
Some states make registering to vote very tricky for college students away from home. Experts say blocking student votes can greatly impact election results.
Voter Guides by Student Population
Policy Worth Following in 2022
White House Initiative Aims to Expand, Diversify Apprenticeships
The new Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative builds on President Joe Biden’s investment in programs that provide on-the-job instruction and mentorship.
Proposed Bill Would Force Colleges to Use Endowments on Tuition
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott's COLLEGE Act would also force schools to partially cover loan payments for borrowers who fall into default.
Biden’s Student Loan Repayment Plan Could Slash Monthly Payments
The president didn’t just cancel some federal student debt last week – he also announced an overhaul of income-driven repayment plans that could impact millions of borrowers.
Biden to Cancel Up to $10K in Student Loans, $20K for Pell Grant Recipients
President Joe Biden will soon deliver on a campaign promise to cancel student loan debt, but not all borrowers will see debt erased.
Harris Discusses Abortion Access With University Leaders
Vice President Kamala Harris met with university leaders to discuss concerns about abortion access in wake of the Supreme Court overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Republicans Propose “Alternative” to Student Debt Forgiveness
The Responsible Education Assistance through Loan (REAL) Reforms Act offers sweeping changes to the student loan system.
Bipartisan Bill Would Regulate Income Share Agreements
A bipartisan group of senators back Indiana Sen. Todd Young’s plan to uniquely regulate income share agreements, a form of student debt rising in popularity.
Biden Admin Moves to Expand Title IX Protections to LGBTQ+ Students
The president's proposed changes to Title IX would also reverse Trump-era rules criticized for weakening protections for survivors of sexual assault.
State Proposals Limit Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Training at Public Colleges
While the bills in Kentucky and Indiana didn’t pass, experts say they could portend future legislative efforts to extend “Don’t Say Gay” laws to higher education.
New State Laws Target Critical Race Theory in Higher Ed
Policy discussions about CRT centered on K-12 education last year, but are increasingly targeting colleges and universities in 2022.
Legislation Would Pump $771M Into Community College Workforce Training
Rep. Robert Scott, chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, aims to increase investment in community college workforce training programs.
Here’s How Biden Could Double Pell Grant Financial Aid for College Students
The president’s new budget proposes doubling the maximum Pell Grant award by 2029, but experts say it may be a difficult goal to achieve in that timeframe.
Biden’s Budget Would Boost Federal Financial Aid, HBCU Funding
The president's proposed 2023 budget calls for increasing Pell Grants for college students by more than 25% next year and doubling the award by 2029.
Congress Moves to Make College Textbooks More Affordable
The omnibus spending bill increases funding for the Open Textbooks Pilot program, and Democrats introduced a bill that would make many textbooks free.
Democrats Propose Bill to End Legacy Admissions
The Fair College Admissions for Students Act would bar colleges that receive federal aid from giving admissions preference to legacy applicants.
Proposed Bill Would Increase Public Transit Options for College Students
Grants would help provide transportation solutions to colleges that serve historically excluded student populations.
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