The Hope Center

Policy Statements

Statement from Hope Center President & Founder Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab: The Time to Prioritize #RealCollege Students Is Now

Download the pdf. June 23, 2021 This is the moment we have all been waiting for, especially #RealCollege students—past, present, and future. College should not create poverty, and no one should have to skip meals to get an education. The…

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Statement from Hope Center President & Founder Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab in Support of California’s AB 1456:

The Cal Grant Equity Framework This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton. Download the pdf. June 8, 2021 California policy experts, higher education leaders, students, and equity advocates, have worked tirelessly for more than a…

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#RealCollege Statement on U.S. Department of Education Guidance Regarding Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III

This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton. Download the pdf. May 12, 2021 Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released new guidance regarding the third round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III)…

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#RealCollege Statement on President Biden’s American Families Plan

This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton. Download the pdf April 29, 2021 This week, President Biden introduced the American Families Plan (AFP). This proposal clearly demonstrates the Biden Administration’s commitment to invest in workers,…

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#RealCollege Statement on President Biden’s FY22 Budget Blueprint

This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton. Download the pdf April 21, 2021 President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget request, released April 9th, demonstrates a continued commitment to #RealCollege students and families. The Hope…

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#RealCollege Statement on the American Rescue Plan Act

President Biden recently signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act  an economic relief package that provides much-needed support for students, families, and institutions of higher education. The bill provides nearly $40 billion for colleges and universities, including over…

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#RealCollege Statement on the Biden American Rescue Plan

This analysis should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton January 19, 2021 Just days before his inauguration, President-Elect Joe Biden released his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the first of a two-step administration strategy providing critical financial…

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#RealCollege Statement on the Consolidated Appropriations Act

This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton Download the pdf Updated: January 4, 2021 On Monday, December 21st, Congress produced a bipartisan relief package to address the COVID-19 crisis, as well as an omnibus funding…

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#RealCollege Statement on the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020

This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton Download the pdf December 16, 2020 Educational opportunity is critical to America’s post-pandemic recovery. The Great Recession demonstrated that the workforce demands college degrees and that people without…

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The Hope Center Calls on Congress to Immediately Invest in #RealCollege Students with Additional Emergency Aid Funding

This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton Download the PDF November 10, 2020 Educational opportunity, central to the American Dream, is in jeopardy at a time when 65% of jobs require some form of college…

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