The two leading presidential candidates take incredibly opposing views on education, but they can both agree on one thing — education is too expensive.
Secretary Hillary Clinton wants to lower student debt by closing tax loopholes in hopes of making college more accessible to low income families. Businessman Donald Trump wants to see the student debt decreased by issuing a repayment plan that will cancel any remaining debt after 15 years.
One of Clinton’s goals is for the Federal Government to never again profit off student loans for college students. Clinton’s campaign website states that her plan will cost an estimated $350 billion over 10 years, and will be paid for by “limiting certain tax expenditures for high-income taxpayers.”
Trump wants colleges to consider loan worthiness based on more than just family income. For example, a student’s future earnings according to their chosen major would be taken into account before being issued a loan. For example, Trump’s campaign co-chair Sam Clovis said that schools “should think carefully before liberal arts majors at non-elite institutions are allowed to borrow based on future earnings.”
Clinton has put together a plan that includes free tuition for students whose parents make $125,000 or less annually, while Trump has been relatively quiet about what he would do to help lower college tuition.
Clinton and Trump part ways on the divisive Common Core State Standards Initiative, the federally mandated state education program. Overall, 42 states, including Oregon have adopted the initiative. Critics of Common Core are hesitant to relinquish control of education to the federal government, while supporters claim that 39 of the 42 states that practice standardized education have superior test scores than those states that don’t practice. Trump wants to eliminate the program, while Clinton wants to continue it.
Trump is staying along traditional republican party lines by advocating for less federal intervention in schools. Clinton, similarly, is staying along her party lines by arguing for a more progressive federally guided education system.
At the end of the day, Clinton and Trump both agree that colleges should be accountable for their outcomes; that tuition is affordable and students who invest in college leave with a degree.