Press Release: Rep. Mia Love Introduces First Bill
WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) introduced her first bill on Thursdayas a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act. The bill addresses the issues facing millions of college students who, while graduating with degrees, are carrying overwhelming student loan debt, and facing unemployment.
“Prospective students are making costly and critical decisions about their education with very little or completely inaccurate information,” Rep. Mia Love said. “I recently spoke to a Salt Lake City woman whose son is a new college graduate with $80,000 in student loan debt, but no job. The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act would give students access to the tools they need to responsibly and confidently plan for their future.”
The bill is co-authored by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and has bipartisan support from co-sponsors Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Rep. John Carney (D-DE), and Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA). The Senate version of the bill was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
“The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act” would:
· Empower students and families with the tools needed for a more complete picture of the value of their education
· Ensure accurate, easy to understand data be available online for prospective students and their families
· Free up information that currently exists, but is not currently accessible
· Match student records with employment and earnings data
· Ensure results would be highly accurate and informative
· Ensure privacy and security of student data
“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. Paul Ryan
"I'm grateful for Mia'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 Duncan Hunter
“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. Trey Gowdy
“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.” –Rep. John Carney