Eliminate college debt

I was unable to afford college through traditional channels after my family lost our house in 1991, and worked for 10 years to pay my way through night school to get my undergrad degree before coming to the Bay Area to study and eventually teach law school at Stanford. I continue to pay back my student loans and understand how much worse it is for many students & graduates who followed in my footsteps.

Debt-free public college is a goal to which I am committed. It is a matter of economic, generational, and racial justice.

College for All Act (HR 3472) (Jayapal)

Yes. My own opportunities to pursue higher education were limited and delayed by financial hardship. Financial status should not present a barrier to either higher education or vocational training, both of which benefit not only students, but also our broader economy and society.

Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights Act of 2019 (HR 3027) (Frederica Wilson)

Yes. This measure would allow borrowers to discharge student loans through bankruptcy, and protect borrowers from wage garnishment. By allowing borrowers of student loans bankruptcy protections analogous to those enjoyed by commercial investors, the law would addresse a tacit discrimination that currently favors capital and disadvantages labor.

Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019 (HR 3448) (Omar)

Yes. This bill would allow borrowers of student loans to apply for the government to purchase their loan from private lenders in order to forgive them. Given how young people were fleeced during and since the 2008 financial crisis, this measure would help improve their opportunities and strengthen our economy.

Do you support Free City College? How would you work to improve it?

Yes. I attended community colleges in Chicago, and see the Free City commitment as a laudable example worth spreading around the country. In addition to supporting AFT Local 2121 as it resists proposed cuts to the City College budget, I aim to nationalize the commitment to free public colleges.