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In an effort to gather feedback about the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221), Rep. Welch convened a financial aid roundtable with Vermont students, educators and parents at Vermont Technical College in September 2009. Following the meeting, Welch successfully amended the legislation to ensure non-profit lenders like the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation can continue providing valuable services like college counseling, career placement and financial aid. The bill, which passed the House later that month, provides the single largest investment in college financial aid in history, expands early education opportunities and supports community colleges.

"For too many Vermonters, the tools to succeed in today’s economy are simply out of reach. In order to expand the opportunity created by a college education, Congress must continue to increase financial aid to students. At the same time, institutions of higher learning must do their part to bring costs under control and ensure that ever-increasing college costs are not outpacing the ability of middle class families to afford them. Only through the combination of controlling college costs and increasing aid will we succeed in making higher education more affordable to Vermonters."





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Rep. Welch's Recent Work on College Costs

Times Argus: "Welch brings federal giftbasket to CCV"

February 18, 2010

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Welch secures funding for Community College of Vermont job-training program

February 17, 2010

Rep. Peter Welch on Wednesday announced a $150,000 federal grant for an innovative job-training program offered by the Community College of Vermont.

Alongside recent graduates and teachers at CCV's Montpelier site, Welch touted the Career Readiness Certificate Program as an effective means of equipping Vermonters with vital entry-level skills, while also supporting Vermont employers in need of a quality workforce.

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Video: Rep. Welch offers amendment to support VSAC

September 17, 2009

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Welch supports, House passes bill to make college more affordable to middle class families

September 17, 2009

Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed Thursday the single largest investment in college financial aid in history – paid for entirely with the savings realized by making federal loans directly to students and families.

The vote was 253-171.

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Welch tackles college affordability at financial aid roundtable

September 2, 2009

Welch was joined at the roundtable, which was held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, by students and higher education officials from throughout Vermont. The group focused its discussion on the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221), which passed the House Education and Labor Committee this summer and which is expected to come to a vote in the House this fall.

"Throughout Vermont, students and parents are struggling to afford college. While federal financial aid progr... Read More

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