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Coalition Pens Letter on PROSPER Act

December 19, 2017

The National Adult Learner Coalition wrote a letter to US House of Representatives leadership of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce regarding H.R. 4508, Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, and our concerns. We are particularly concerned about this bill’s major structural changes to federal financial aid, and how adult learners may be impacted by it. While all the details of the bill have yet to be realized by many inside and outside of Congress, we are seeing widespread elimination of federal loan programs and other benefits, immediately causing the cost of an education to increase for a large number of current, past, and future students. We also address issues relating to adult learners like the 90-10 rule, prior learning assessment, and greater data and information measures. We are also concerned by the overall speed of the bill’s movement, without deliberate analysis or additional time for input from stakeholders.

Click here to read the full letter.

UPCEA is a proud founding member of advocacy groups such as the Today's Students Coalition as well as the National Adult Learner Coalition.

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Mary Niemec, University of Nebraska, Co-Chair
Dick Senese, Capella University, Co-Chair

Kristen Brown, University of Louisville
Allison Friederichs, University of Denver
Ricky LaFosse, University of Michigan
Reed Scull, University of Wyoming


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