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Affordable College Education

"For many Vermonters, a college degree is increasingly out of reach.  Those who do get their diploma are often saddled with a mountain of student loan debt.  Congress must increase student financial aid and give borrowers the opportunity to refinance student loans at today’s lower rates. At the same time, institutions of higher learning must bring their costs under control so that tuition and fees don’t outpace the ability of middle class families to afford them."


Spotlight on College Costs

In the fall of 2015, Rep. Welch held a roundtable at the University of Vermont with students, parents and recent graduates to discuss the challenges they face in financing a college education.  He unveiled his legislative agenda for an affordable higher education which includes simplifying the loan process, cutting college costs, innovative degree programs, and fully funding student aid programs.

Click here for financial aid information for Vermont students.

More on Affordable College Education

March 8, 2018 In The News

There were very few seats left empty in Herrick Auditorium on Friday as students, faculty and community members gathered for an open forum with Rep. Peter Welch.

“Ever since Vermont became the first new state to join the union in 1791, we have established an amazingly proud legacy in sending very distinguished people to the United States Congress,” Dean Jonathan Spiro said.

To illustrate his point, Spiro detailed the story of Matthew Lyon, the Vermont representative jailed in 1798 for violating the Alien and Sedition Acts under president John Adams.

June 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and John Katko (R-NY) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help federal student loan borrowers make smarter loan choices and better position themselves during the repayment process. The bill is the latest Welch initiative to simplify the process of applying for and repaying federal student loans.

October 3, 2016 In The News

By Kyle Midura

BURLINGTON - Vermont students and their parents should find it simpler to apply for college financial aid this year, and can do so now.

At a press conference Monday, Rep. Peter Welch implored students to file the application form -- known as the FAFSA -- as soon as possible. Previously that couldn't happen until January. Welch says the process of finding out how much aid one is eligible for should be a relatively painless process.

April 7, 2016 In The News

January 4, 2015 In The News

 For many of these young people, their career choice is in their blood.

High school seniors from across Vermont gathered Saturday at the State House for the U.S. Service Academy Nominee Ceremony to recognize their hard work as they seek admission to the country’s military academies.

The students have been nominated by a member — and in some cases, all three members — of Vermont’s congressional delegation, two of whom were on hand for Saturday’s ceremony.

December 15, 2014 In The News

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Student loan debt now outstrips credit card debt in the United States and some are concerned that if college costs cannot be contained, the nation’s future economic growth could be compromised.  In today’s installment of our special series on student loans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at how legislative efforts might impact the cost of college.

September 29, 2014 Press Release
Vermont's Congressional Delegation and Governor Peter Shumlin today announced a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) award of $2.4 million to the Community College of Vermont in Waterbury for job training.
September 3, 2014 Press Release
July 23, 2014 Press Release
This afternoon, the House of Representatives approved two college affordability amendments authored by Representative Peter Welch and Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC). The amendments were offered to H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Act.