By Ben ShapiroThe Washington PostThe new college choice plan offered by Democratic senators could help a few wealthy college students, but it’s a scam.
The proposal, called “CAMPUS CHOICE,” is the latest in a long line of college reforms championed by Democrats and backed by the National Education Association (NEA) in recent years.
The plan, dubbed a “College Affordability and Productivity Initiative,” would allow students from families making less than $75,000 a year to borrow money and pay for up to $1,000 in tuition at public colleges and universities.
The money would be used to buy a college-quality education for students who can’t afford to attend private schools.
It’s a similar plan that President Barack Obama championed during his first term in the White House.
Under the plan, students with a combined net worth of $150,000 and incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level could get the same amount of aid as a family with a household income of $50,000.
The student would have to be a member of a union and pay dues, which is a requirement for private colleges.
The NEA endorsed the plan because it would help students with small and medium-sized families and also make sure students from high-income families can access affordable education.
The NEA also said the plan would encourage students from all families to go to college.
The plan, however, would not provide federal financial aid for students from single-parent families or families making more than $150.000 a years.
It would not give students access to Pell Grants, which are typically only given to students who earn at least $25,000 per year.
And it would not allow students to attend colleges that are “accelerating” their admission to higher education.
The new plan comes as students across the country grapple with the fallout from the massive student debt crisis.
Some have taken to social media to share stories of their debt or struggles to pay for college.
A spokesperson for the American Association of University Professors, which has long pushed for reforms for higher education, said the association was “disappointed” that the bill would allow wealthy students to bypass the cost of attending private institutions.
The spokesperson said that “while we applaud the Senators for making sure that students can attend a private college, we are concerned that the new CAMPUS CONSIDERATION plan will leave students in the lurch without any financial assistance and with the option of enrolling in a public college without having to work hard to pay the tuition,” according to the APU’s news release.
A representative for the National Association of Scholars, which represents more than 1,000 public and private colleges, said, “We are concerned about the new proposal.
We believe that the private colleges are not providing any financial aid, and we are urging the Senator to reconsider his plan.
The new plan would allow for students to avoid college altogether, potentially making them ineligible for federal financial assistance.”
The bill is not the only major college reform offered by Democrats this year.
President Donald Trump has announced plans to increase aid for Pell Grants and Pell Grants for poor students and for free public college.
The administration has also proposed a new $1 trillion plan to help students afford college.
But the proposed plan is far less generous than the ones that Obama and other Democrats pushed in the past.