Braley Discusses College Affordability at University of Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Link   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:20

Hosts "Meet and Greet" event to discuss keeping college within reach with U of I students


IOWA CITY, IA -- Rep. Bruce Braley traveled to Iowa City and the University of Iowa today to talk with college students about the rising cost of higher education and his efforts to keep college within reach for more Iowa students and their families.
Braley is running for the Senate seat held by Sen. Tom Harkin, who announced in January he was retiring at the end of his current term.
Braley said, “A college education opens doors of economic opportunity in a world increasingly defined by global competition. That’s why the dream of a college education needs to stay within reach for anyone who wants to pursue it. But in the past decade, median household income has actually gone down while the cost of college tuition has gone up -- by nearly 83 percent. Today, Iowa college students graduate with some of the highest debt loads in the country.
“We need to do more to ensure the next generation can afford the opportunities created by pursuing higher education. That’s why I’ve worked hard to keep student loan interest rates low and renew tax breaks for families and students paying college tuition. And I’ll work to do even more in the Senate.”
Braley has worked relentlessly to keep college within reach for more Iowa students and families.
  • In 2012 and again this year, he helped lead the successful push to keep federally subsidized students loans from doubling to 6.8 percent.
  • In 2012, Braley helped to renew the popular, $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit, which offsets the cost of tuition, books, and fees.
  • And just this week, Braley announced an effort to renew a $4,000 federal income tax deduction for college tuition and fees.
Bruce Braley was born in Grinnell and grew up in nearby Brooklyn, Iowa. His father, a Marine, fought on Iwo Jima in World War II; his mother was a teacher. Braley worked his way through college and law school building roads and bridges with the Poweshiek County Roads Department, waiting tables, and tending bar. He worked as an attorney for 23 years before being elected to Congress. Braley has become known for his work on behalf of veterans, his advocacy for the middle class, and his bipartisan effectiveness. Braley lives in Waterloo with his wife, Carolyn. They have three children: Lisa, David, and Paul.

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