Hillary Clinton is looking to address the crisis of African-American college affordability.
Speaking on the issue in Washington D.C., the Democratic presidential candidate said her administration would expand access to a free, four-year college education for African-Americans.
The issue of affordability for low-income students was a major theme of Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee’s campaign in 2018.
The Clinton administration has launched a $15 minimum wage, expanded Pell Grants for students with low incomes and expanded the Pell program to provide financial aid for students at higher levels of need.
The federal government is also looking at expanding access to Pell Grants and the federal student aid program known as the College Scorecard.
While the Clinton administration said it was working on expanding access for students, Clinton’s administration announced plans to extend the Pell Grant program, which was first implemented in 1994.
Clinton said the federal government should expand Pell Grant eligibility for students in states that expanded it, but that the program should be phased out by 2021.
She also said the education department would look into expanding the Pell grant to students with special needs.
“We want to make sure that our students have access to the best education possible, but we want to also make sure they have a strong education that can serve them well for the rest of their lives,” she said.
Bill Clinton’s Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, has said that he wants to expand Pell Grants to every American.
Duncan, who also chairs the Department of Education, also has said he wants more black colleges to offer online learning, which has been a key issue in the civil rights movement.
On the issue of Pell Grants, Duncan has said in recent years, there have been significant gains made.
In the early 2000s, there were about 8,000 African- American students at most public colleges and universities.
By the early 2020s, that number had grown to about 17,000.
Last year, the Department for Education estimated that about 16,000 black students were eligible for Pell Grants.
The Department of Labor recently updated the Pell Grants website to show that the average Pell Grant grant recipient is now nearly 20 years old, and that the median grant recipient age is just 22.
At the same time, some of the most vulnerable students in the country, including the elderly and students of color, are struggling to meet their federal aid obligations.
A federal appeals court last year blocked the Obama administration from enforcing a provision in the federal law known as Title IX that requires colleges and other educational institutions to ensure that all students receive equal access to educational programs.
The court ruled that Title IX requires schools to provide equal opportunity to students, but did not require them to offer equal opportunity.