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Sherrod Brown: Fighting for Ohio’s Students
Senator Sherrod Brown is fighting every day to ensure that a quality affordable education is available to Ohio’s students. As Senator, Sherrod Brown voted for the largest increase in federal aid since the G.I. Bill, as well as the Post-9/11 GI Bill to greatly expand educational opportunities for post-9/11 veterans in Ohio. Sen. Brown has introduced legislation to provide student loan relief to 100,000 Ohioans and fought against cuts to Pell grants for higher education. Sen. Brown also proposed job creating legislation that would provide nearly $100 million to Ohio schools for renovations and improvements, and has supported legislation to save teacher jobs across the state. It’s clear that when it comes to Ohio’s students, there’s no greater champion in Congress than Sherrod Brown.
Sen. Brown Voted For The Largest Increase In Student Aid Since The G.I. Bill. And Supported Legislation To Make Student Loans More Affordable.
With college costs rising dramatically and interest rates for private loans often higher than 18 percent, Sen. Brown voted to cut government subsidies to student loan firms by $20 billion and redirect most of the money to aid for students and college graduates while at the same time reducing the federal deficit. The bill also provided debt forgiveness to certain public workers and capped student loan repayments at 15 percent of discretionary income. Sen. Brown’s vote resulted in the largest increase in federal aid to students since the G.I. bill.
With federal student loan interest rates generally lower than private loans, Sen. Brown introduced the “Private Student Loan Debt Swap Act” that would allow students with private loans to switch over to federal loans.
To make school more affordable, Sen. Brown has also supported legislation to expand Pell grants for college students and fought against attempts to weaken student aid.
Senator Brown Is Helping Veterans Who Want To Be Students Get The Affordable Higher Education They Deserve.
Senator Brown cosponsored and voted for the post 9/11 GI bill which will make an estimated 2 million veterans eligible to receive full college tuition, or up to $17,500 in Ohio, as well as a funding for housing and books.
The number of veterans receiving GI benefits skyrocketed from 34,000 in 2009 to 555,000 in 2011, and in Ohio, Veterans receiving GI benefits went up 57% from 2001. One study showed veterans invested $77 million into Ohio colleges in 2009-2010.
Senator Brown Introduced Job Creating Legislation To Repair & Renovate Our Nation’s Schools.
It’s harder to succeed in school when you’re not in a comfortable learning environment. With a number of Ohio’s schools in need of significant repairs, Sen. Brown introduced the “Fix America’s Schools Today Act” which would create or save hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country and an estimated 12,800 in Ohio to renovate and repair schools across the state.