From the Office of Congresswoman Mia Love
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rep. Mia Love says college students should “Know Before They Go”
WASHINGTON—Utah Congresswoman Mia Love says students have a right to know what their chances of getting a job after college are, and what they can expect to earn.
That’s why she is excited to announce she is introducing her first bill: “The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act”, along with Rep. Duncan Hunter R-California. Congressman Paul Ryan (R) Wisconsin, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R) South Carolina, Rep. John Carney (D) Delaware, and Rep. Susan Davis (D) California are original co-sponsors.
The bill addresses the fact that millions of college students are graduating with degrees that don’t necessarily guarantee a job, while at the same time experiencing overwhelming student loan debt.
“Prospective students are making costly and critical decisions about their education with very little or inaccurate information,” Rep. Mia Love said. “I recently spoke to a Salt Lake City woman whose son is a new college grad with $80,000 in student loan debt, but no job,” Rep. Love said.
What “The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act” would do:
The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act:
- Empowers students and families with the tools needed for a more complete picture of the value of their education
- Ensures accurate, easy to understand data be available online for prospective students and their families.
- Frees up information that currently exists, but is not currently accessible.
- Matches student records with employment and earnings data.
- Ensures results would be highly accurate and informative
- Ensures privacy and security of student data
Rep. Paul Ryan, (R) Wisconsin:
“Going to school to learn new skills is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life. But it’s also one of the most costly. ‘Know Before You Go’ could help cut costs by giving students access to useful information that would help them make better-informed decisions about their education. I’m excited to co-sponsor this commonsense reform.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy, (R) South Carolina:
“With the rising cost of higher education, families and students have to make tough decisions when planning for the future. Information is power, and this legislation will improve transparency and help provide families with better tools when making these important decisions.”
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) California, Sponsor:
“I’m grateful for Rep. Love’s support of this legislation and the recognition that prospective college students and their families should have access to information as they consider the best institutions of higher learning and programs of study. Doing so not only empowers individuals as students–it also empowers them as workers, equipping them to compete in today’s workforce and succeed.”
Next to home ownership, a college education is often the most expensive investment Americans will make in their lifetime. Gaining a post-secondary degree or certificate is essential to securing employment in the modern workforce. This bill would get information out of the archives and into the hands of the people who are investing so much in their future.
Rep. John Carney (D) Delaware:
“As our students graduate with ever-growing student loans, we at least owe it to them to make sure their education is worth it,” said Congressman Carney. “Students deserve to know which schools will prepare them for finding a job, and which won’t. This bill will bring transparency to a system that’s confusing and hard to navigate. I’m pleased to support this bill because with so much money on the line, students shouldn’t have to take a gamble on whether it’ll pay off.”
| Richard Piatt
Communications Director, Rep. Mia Love
217 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515