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Advocacy Group for Millennials Proposes Higher-Education Reforms

Report: “The 2014 Agenda for Generational Equity”

Author: Common Sense Action

Organization: Common Sense Action

Summary: The report covers a variety of topics, including prison reform, the capital-gains tax, and the retirement age. Claiming to be the first national, bipartisan policy agenda crafted by members of the so-called Millennial generation, the report offers a series of proposals to legislators to fix three elements of Millennials’ lives: fairness in costs of entitlements, career mobility, and political participation. Rather than being formulated by a small group of policy experts, the report boasts of the hundreds of Millennials who ultimately created the agenda. It proposes some of the following reforms for higher education:

  • Study the drivers of the rising costs of postsecondary education, and encourage Congress to impose penalties against colleges that “do not bend the cost curve.”
  • Cut and cap student-loan interest rates.
  • Include student-loan refinancing as an option for relief of student-loan debt.
  • Expand income-based repayment plans.
  • Reduce the prevalence and burden of unpaid internships, with the goal of ultimately eliminating such positions.

Bottom Line: Common Sense Action argues that, with so much at stake for Millennials, it is imperative that young people get involved politically.

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