Infographic: What’s Your Presidential Candidate’s Stance on Higher Education?

Election 2016
Posted By Monica Harvin on April 25, 2016 at 11:34 am
Infographic: What’s Your Presidential Candidate’s Stance on Higher Education?

Democratic and Republican presidential candidates alike are placing a strong emphasis on higher education in their respective bids for the White House. However, higher education isn’t an issue where there are clear-cut stances for or against. Instead, candidates’ positions are shaped by the many different challenges facing higher education today, and each candidate has a unique take on these issues.

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have both outlined extensive positions for changing higher education as we know it. Each has a different take on what tuition-free and debt-free college could look like, and on how to pay for these reforms. Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Donald Trump haven’t outlined official positions on higher education, but they have discussed the issue in official statements and during the Republican debates. What’s more, former Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush laid out official frameworks for higher education overhauls in each of their respective bids. As the election season presses forward, it is likely that higher education will continue to have a front-and-center seat among the most important issues for the 2016 presidential campaign.

To help you understand where the remaining presidential candidates stand when it comes to higher education, we’ve scraped the Internet for official statements, debate transcripts and recent legislative votes on issues relating to college and student loan debt. The findings are presented in our infographic below.

Take a look to see where your favorite presidential candidate stands on everything from student loans, tuition prices, and financial aid to nontraditional education, funding minority-serving institutions and campus sexual assault prevention. And don’t forget to let us where you stand on higher education by clicking here to answer a quick 2-question survey.

Infographic-What Election 2016 Could Mean for Higher Education

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Monica Harvin
Monica is a GoodCall contributing editor, covering personal finance and education. She's also GoodCall's diversity expert, with a master's degree in Latin American studies from UCLA and bachelor's degree in history from the University of Florida.

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