RELEASE: Stacey Abrams Unveils Higher Education Plan
Plan introduces need-based aid; Support to help students excel and graduate
SAVANNAH, GA – Today, candidate for governor and former House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams unveiled her higher education policy proposal at Savannah State University.
Stacey Abrams’ plan for Higher Education and Post-Secondary Pathways has four pillars: Graduating Without Debt; Strengthening Access to Post-High School Opportunities; Supporting Safe, Healthy, Inclusive Campuses; and Helping Students Prepare to Excel, Graduate, and Succeed.
“Whether because of finances, structural barriers, or concerns about campus environment, too many Georgia students are not seeking educational opportunity,“ said Stacey Abrams. “As Georgia’s next governor, I will remove barriers to access, improve affordability, and include students in decision-making. Under my leadership, Georgia students will be able to tap into their own boundless capacity to thrive.”
The Abrams’ campaign’s Higher Education and Post-Secondary Pathways Plan will do the following:
1. Graduating Without Debt: Through need-based aid, restoration of tuition-free technical certificates, and expansion of service cancellable loans, Abrams will ensure the state does its part to help students graduate without debt. Graduates will see new supports via a Student Loan Bill of Rights and mandated entrance and exit reviews to review loan forgiveness options.
2. Strengthening Access to Post-High School Opportunities: AnAbrams administration will support under-served communities, including foster youth, students of color, disadvantaged youth, first-generation college students, DREAMers, adult learners, veterans and military families. Georgia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will receive added supports to ease the transition from high school to college, particular for first-generation students. And the state will use the strength of our bond capacity aid institutions in funding capital projects.
3. Supporting Safe, Healthy, Inclusive Campuses: Under Abrams’ leadership, Georgia’s campuses will identify gaps in protections and supports for survivors of sexual assault. Abrams will repeal campus carry and expand mental health supports and substance abuse treatment options. Abrams will defend the rights of DREAMers, ensure student voices are represented in the decision-making process, and appoint a diverse Board of Regents that includes immigrants, women, people of color, and those with disabilities.
4. Helping Students Prepare to Excel, Graduate, and Succeed:Free SAT/ACT testing, interventions to prevent “summer melt” and improve retention, and improvements to Georgia’s dual enrollment program for high schoolers will provide students with the tools necessary to excel.
You can see the full plan here.