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P.L. 110-315, The College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007 (14 comments ↓ | 15 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 4137 would amend and extend the Higher Education Act of 1965.

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H.R. 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2008, was passed in the House of Representatives in February and passed the Senate last week. It has been presented to the President, who is expected to sign it any minute now. According to...

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greatdanes

February 4, 2008, 2:20pm (report abuse)

STOP THE SPENDING!

STOP STOP STOP!

smith

February 4, 2008, 4:43pm (report abuse)

We are broke enough as a nation, but the politicians are literally working to bankrupt our nation again. Stop this now.

J. S. Topper

February 15, 2008, 9:09pm (report abuse)

It's far better to spend on education than spend it for killing thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians. The kazillions being spent on two wars is what's causing that sucking sound. If you have children in college or are in college yourself, you know what I'm talking about. On this site do a search for military spending and you'll know what I'm talking about. Yes, stop the spending...on military, on war...and stop using scare tactics to intimidate citizens into thinking it's all in the interest of national security. Bull@*%)#!

Student

March 5, 2008, 1:21am (report abuse)

You have no idea how neccessaty this is for people entering public service fields. We get into this work because we want to help people, not for the money, we get paid next to nothing!

physical therapist

April 2, 2008, 6:38pm (report abuse)

I don't think most people realize how much we owe in student loans when we get down with PT school. The max of $10,000 is maybe 1/10 of what we owe, but anything helps! I know as a PT I am hoping this goes through so that new students in college will consider PT, especially since PT's are so short handed throughout the US.

Ross

May 10, 2008, 3:24am (report abuse)

Congress messed up the student loan business. This is their bail out of the companies NOT THE STUDENTS. Let the dominos fall. Stop the insanity. Stop making the taxpayers pay yet again for your mistakes.

Boyd White

July 15, 2008, 10:14pm (report abuse)

If you want to be educated you will find a way barring you are not forcefully withheld. George Washington was self taugh. Nathaniel Green learned how to be a General by reading by himself during lulls at his father's foundry. What we need is to back off depending on government to provide a "leveling spirit" and to bolster one another to be self-reliant. Come on, learn, be compassionate, but don't trust the instution of force to be our "leveler".

BenH

August 12, 2008, 4:15pm (report abuse)

Title IV aid to schools not in this country? I have been denied title IV aid for the last 6 years attending school in CONUS and have had to pay every penny of my education. And they want to send more of the available funds OUT of the country? Get real.

JB

August 15, 2008, 2:14pm (report abuse)

Nothing is more over funded than education but people use "it's for the children" as an excuse and resort to insults or non-sequitors such as military spending whenever anyone dares question it. We have to stop this insane spending. There is no justification for the tuition colleges are charging and since they receive federal and state funding they should have to explain their charges, especially given teachers are supposedly so "poorly" paid. Where does all of this money go?

jwa

August 18, 2008, 6:30pm (report abuse)

if Student is a product of the system supported by this law, we have wasted our money!

Mary M

August 19, 2008, 12:55pm (report abuse)

The Federal Government should get out of the education business and disband the NEA as Reagan had wanted. Education should be left up to the local community saving costs for each and every one of us. Our educational standards have slid since the Fed's stuck their heads into the education tent!

Speech Language-Pathologist

August 20, 2008, 5:43am (report abuse)

What I don't understand in the bill is why physical therapists and occupational therapists may have loan forgiveness for working with veterans but speech-language pathologists do not. I'm a speech pathologist who works in a nursing home with the geriatric population, a great deal of whom are veterans. According to this bill, I wouldn't get a cent in loan forgiveness even though I'm an integral part of the rehabilitation team and am also required to have a master's degree. It's a bit insulting.

Dave W

August 26, 2008, 9:51am (report abuse)

to Speech Language Pathologist:

God Bless you; unfortunately though you may feel left out, the function of government seems to be to make arbitrary legal values, thus leaving you without representation under the law. However, the law itself is also an expose of the ridiculousness of government spending and emerging centralism/socialism.

Mr. Mavilic

November 3, 2008, 8:41pm (report abuse)

The provisions concerning assistant public defenders and assistant state's attorneys are a total waste of tax payer money when the problem could have been corrected to cover only underpaid attorneys instead of essentially every assistant states attorney in

America. In Cook County, Illinios, for instance attorneys with not even 10 years of experience who work for these offices earn over $100,000.00 yet they will be receiving the $60,000.00 government handout. If you want to do something about it--Dick Dubin of Illinois spearheaded this government waste program. He's up for relection. If your in Illinois and reading this, please do the right thing and vote against Dick Durbin, the Illinois King of Pork, and against government waste.

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