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OPINION: Americans need help paying for new, nondegree programs and college alternatives


The Hechinger Report

Janelle, a working mom, struggled financially with student loan debt and low income. Many Americans face similar challenges, leading to a shift away from traditional college degrees. Policymakers are urged to expand federal aid for alternative education programs, such as the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act, to provide affordable and flexible options. These programs have shown success in helping individuals secure higher-paying jobs, offering a pathway to economic stability. The authors advocate for a more diverse approach to education, emphasizing the need for lower-cost, short-term options alongside traditional degrees….

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