As a mother, grandmother, and former professor at LaSalle University, Rep. Dean supports high-quality, equitable, affordable education for all.
Debt and Student Loans
Since 2006, student debt in America has nearly tripled; almost 45 million borrowers owe $1.6 trillion. The average borrower owes close to $33,000 and pays nearly $400 per month in debt service. Rep. Dean knows first-hand how these costs constrain opportunities for young people and their families.
Rep. Dean also recognizes that confronting the student debt crisis means addressing fundamental questions about how much an education should cost, who can attend college, and how students will pay their debts over time.
Rep. Dean has tackled repayment challenges by introducing the Private Loan Disability Discharge Act. This legislation was developed in response to outreach from a constituent. A woman in Pennsylvania’s Fourth District was struggling: her daughter had become totally disabled and was therefore discharged from her debt obligations. As a cosigner of the loan, however, this mother was held responsible. Through the Private Loan Disability Discharge Act, cosigners will see their debt obligations discharged if a borrower becomes totally disabled. This bill was included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, which passed the House in September 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic was not only a health emergency, but a severe economic downturn that hurt people in uneven ways. Rep. Dean led efforts reflected in the CARES Act and subsequent legislation to provide a moratorium on payments for federal student loan borrowers. She sought additional relief for young people saddled with debt.
Rep. Dean introduced legislation to eliminate $10,000 of student loan debt for all borrowers — federal and private loan holders. She has also signed on to efforts urging the Biden Administration to forgive up to $50,000 in student loan debt for all borrowers.
Free Community College Through the America’s College Promise Act
Rep. Dean understands the powerful role of community colleges in expanding opportunity and preparing students for fulfilling careers. Alongside Rep. Andy Levin (MI-09), Vice-Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, she reintroduced H.R. 4212, the America’s College Promise Act of 2019, in the 116th Congress. This bill will create new partnerships with state governments and provide two years of tuition-free access to community college programs that lead to a degree or industry-recognized credential. This legislation will also expand pathways to minority-serving institutions.
More on Education
|2/9/23||Congresswoman Dean Joins Bipartisan Resolution to Designate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month|
|6/8/22||Congresswoman Dean Introduces Student Loan Deferment for Victims of Sexual Violence|
|5/19/22||Congresswoman Dean Advocates for 15 Local Community Projects in 2023 Budget|
|5/10/22||Congresswoman Dean Celebrates Local Student Artists and Winner of Competition|
|2/4/22||Congresswoman Dean Celebrates the 2021 Congressional App Challenge Finalists|
|1/26/22||Congresswoman Dean Joins More Than 80 Bicameral Colleagues to Urge President Biden to Cancel 50K in Student Loan Debt|
|12/22/21||Rep. Dean Joins PA Delegation in Letter to President Biden to Extend Student Loan Repayment Period|
|10/26/21||Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, Senator Brian Schatz Reintroduce the Promoting Reentry through Education in Prisons (PREP) Act|
|9/22/21||Congresswoman Madeleine Dean’s Private Loan Disability Discharge Amendment Passes in the House|
|4/14/21||Congresswoman Dean introduces Constituent Inspired Bill - the Private Loan Disability Discharge Act|