Congressman: Higher education must remain affordable

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (1)By U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett

As a new semester begins, I applaud your decision to attend the University of the Incarnate Word.

Over the past couple of years UIW has seen incredible growth, and I was happy to help cut the ribbon on the School of Osteopathic Medicine as the newest addition to the Cardinal family.

Your campus is full of active, engaged students, so if you are a new student, I encourage you to continue this important UIW tradition of community involvement.

One of the many things that draws so many talented students like yourselves to UIW is the diversity of your student body and the rich curriculum that supports hands-on learning and experiences through a wide variety of study abroad and internship programs. Each semester, I am fortunate to have one or two Cardinals as interns in my San Antonio office and welcome those interested to apply for spring or summer 2016 internships as a way to gain valuable firsthand experience in working with the federal government.

One thing too many students encounter in college is a mountain of debt. The level of student debt nationwide now totals more than $1 trillion – surpassing credit card debt. It is important that we pursue policies to reduce the student debt that burdens so many.

Despite challenges, I continue to work to help ensure all Cardinals are able to achieve their full God-given potential. Higher education success should depend on how hard you work, not how much you can afford to spend. My American Opportunity Tax Credit provides a tax cut for college expenses to students and families seeking higher education.

Additionally, I have introduced legislation to help streamline the FAFSA application process for families. This change would most benefit students from the lowest-income homes. I believe an investment in our students is one in the future of America, but it is essential that UIW families continue to make their voices heard and get involved.

If you would like to apply for an internship or if I can be of assistance on any federal issues, please contact my office by calling (210) 704-1080 or visit my website at Doggett.House.Gov.

-U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett is a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee

 

E-mail Doggett, a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee, at Lloyd.Doggett@mail.house.gov