For generations, higher education was the key to unlocking the door to the middle class. A college degree meant a stable job, steady income, homeownership, and the ability to achieve a high of quality life. 

However, alarmingly, for too many Americans the door to higher education and the middle class has been slammed shut. And for many students, the rapidly rising cost of college tuition means that on the other side of the door awaits decades of crippling debt and financial insecurity. 

Joe believes that the American dream has always been intrinsically tied to the promise of educational opportunity. Joe is committed to defending this promise at all costs and that is why he is fighting to expand access to higher education, address the skyrocketing cost of college tuition, and insure our institutions of higher learning are adhering to fair and equitable practices that place the needs of students first. 

In Congress, Joe has co-sponsored and is working to advance the following legislation:

HR 4674 The College Affordability Act
A comprehensive proposal to lower the cost of college, improve the quality of higher education through stronger accountability, and expand opportunity by providing students the support they need to succeed.

HR 4308 CAMPUS Act
Would ensure unanticipated financial emergencies do not prevent low-income students from pursuing and completing higher education.

HR 1766 The College Transparency Act
Would modernize college reporting system for postsecondary data by ensuring accurate reporting on student outcomes such as enrollment, completion, and post-college success across colleges and majors, while ensuring the privacy of individual students is securely protected.

HR 4216 The Strengthen Financial Aid for Students Act
Would fortify the Income Protection Allowance and extend lifetime Pell Grant eligibility for students.

HR 2966 Fostering Success in Higher Education Act
Would improve college access, retention, and completion rates for foster and homeless youth by substantially improving state capacity to support these students as they transition to and attend college.

HR 1043 Employer Participation in Repayment Act
Would incentivize employers to offer student loan assistance to help their employees pay off student loan debt. 

HJ Res 76 Providing for Congressional Disapproval of Department of Education Secretary DeVos' Borrower Defense Rule
Would nullify a rule issued by the Department of Education on September 23, 2019. The rule revised the process for a student loan borrower to obtain a discharge from a student loan if an institution of education misrepresented a material fact.

HR 4577 Expanding Disability Access to Higher Education Act
First-ever comprehensive legislation that would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to improve college access and completion for students with disabilities.

HR 4371 The Strengthen CTE in Higher Education Act
Would authorize $200 million in funding to foster greater cooperation and alignment between CTE programs and educational institutions and employers to ensure individuals seeking a technical education are gaining the skills necessary to fill jobs currently in demand across our economy.

HR 4327 The Enhancing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention through Campus Planning Act
Would help address the mental health needs of college students by encouraging institutions of higher education to develop and implement comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention plans.

HR 3267 The END ALL Hazing Act
Would require colleges and universities to post on their websites incidents of hazing that took place on campus or within a student organization to assist prospective students in making the best choices for their futures.

HR 662 The Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act
Would amend the Higher Education Act to require academic institutions to disclose hazing incidents.