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Excerpts from the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms on Student Financial Aid

Mark Kantrowitz

September 04, 2012

Excerpts from the Platforms of Other Major Political Parties

In addition to the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, the Constitution Party, the Green Party and the Libertarian Party have independent state organizations in more than half of the U.S. states in addition to a national organization.

The Constitution Party platform opposes federal government involvement in education:

Education should be free from all federal government subsidies, including vouchers, tax incentives, and loans, except with respect to veterans. … Because the federal government has absolutely no jurisdiction concerning the education of our children, the United States Department of Education should be abolished; all federal legislation related to education should be repealed.

The Green Party platform supports increases in student financial aid:

The Green Party supports equal access to high-quality education, and sharp increases in financial aid for college students.

The Green Party views learning as a lifelong and life-affirming process to which all people should have access. We cannot state more forcefully our belief that in learning, and openness to learning, we find the foundation of our Platform.

We recommend the following actions:

Provide free college tuition to all qualified students at public universities and vocational schools. It’s time to forgive all student and parent loans taken out to finance post-secondary and vocational education.

Expand opportunities for universal higher education and life-long learning.

Make student loans available to all college students, with forgiveness for graduates who choose public service occupations.

The Libertarian Party platform does not address student financial aid.


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