Take Action: Urge Members of Congress to Invest in Community Colleges and Students Through Budget Reconciliation

As Congress works to advance large-scale budget reconciliation legislation, now is a critical time to call for investments in community colleges and students. Improving access to high-quality education and training is crucial for our nation’s economic recovery.

Urge your Members of Congress to support the following community college priorities in future budget reconciliation legislation:

Tuition-Free Community College

  • Eliminating community college tuition and fees through federal-state partnership grants would remove barriers to postsecondary education and boost our nation’s economy.
  • Call on Members of Congress to increase access to higher education by supporting tuition-free community college for all students.

Community College Infrastructure

  • Community colleges are currently facing a backlog of infrastructure projects and deferred maintenance needs that have the potential to impact the quality of education and training.
  • Ask Members of Congress to support a minimum investment of $50 billion for community college facilities.

Community College Workforce Development Program

  • Community colleges offer thousands of programs attuned to the needs of business and industry, ranging from short-term courses to applied baccalaureate degrees. These programs are limited only by funding availability.
  • Advocate for Members of Congress to invest a minimum of $10 billion in a community college workforce development program.

Student Success Grants

  • Wraparound services and other innovative completion and retention strategies can foster community college student success and help close equity gaps.
  • Call on Members of Congress to invest in student success grants for colleges that serve high numbers of low-income students, particularly community colleges.

Members of Congress want to hear directly from you about the needs of community colleges and students. Set up a virtual meeting with your federal policymakers and provide pictures, data, and other helpful relevant information to underline campus-specific needs.

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