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Elizabeth Warren Wants To Wipe Out My Student Debt (And Yours Too)

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Please let her

Senator Elizabeth Warren keeps dropping great policies like mics and has announced her plans for wiping out a huge amount of student loan debt nationwide. Warren now has a solid outline for how she plans to cancel up to $50,000 of your student loans (and those of 42 million other Americans) immediately, as well as make higher education more accessible to all by eliminating tuition and fees for all public schools.

Warren outlined her new policy in a post to Medium, where she shared a bit of her life story and stressed the importance of universal access to education. She emphasizes that a small tax on the most wealthy in the nation, dubbed the Ultra-Millionaire Tax, would easily cover debt relief (and then some). For families with over $50 million or higher in wealth (there's 75,000 of them, and none of them have stepped up to pay off your loans yet) will face a 2 percent annual tax, which is essentially pocket change to them; over 1 billion dollars in wealth, and they'll pay 3 percent. That will be enough to ease the financial burden that the vast majority are enduring.

Additionally, Warren plans to divert extra help to those who have been systemically disenfranchised in higher education and otherwise with a fund specifically for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions, with the goal of increasing "enrollment and graduation rates for lower-income students and students of color." For-profit colleges would eventually be banned entirely, and public colleges would be forced to ban the box and "complete an annual audit that identifies issues creating shortfalls in enrollment and graduation rates for lower-income students and students of color and that proposes steps to improve those rates." She's not just proposing first steps; she's outlining thorough ways to ensure that powerful institutions are held accountable and become beneficial to all.

Read up on Warren's entire proposal here.

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