A Plan to Lower College Costs, Cut Student Debt, & Boost New Hampshire’s Workforce
In order to take the next step forward for New Hampshire’s economy, our next Governor must make it a top state priority to cut college costs, cut student debt, and strengthen our workforce.
To do so, we must modernize our state higher education system as a whole — from career and technical education in high schools to community colleges, four-year degrees, and job-training — with a clear vision: lower costs, cut debt, and boost workplace relevance.
Colin Van Ostern is a proven education innovator who helped launch College for America at Southern New Hampshire University — a nonprofit, accredited college that helps working adults achieve a college degree, most completely debt-free. Today, the school has partnered with more than 100 businesses to help working adults earn an accredited certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the school enrolled more than 4,600 new students — as many as UNH and Dartmouth, combined. Seventy-one percent of students are the first in their family to go to college, most graduate with zero debt, and academic performance and graduation rates far exceed peer schools nationally. College for America has now been cited as a national model for ‘upskilling workers’ by stakeholders from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Colin knows that the academic solution for a mid-career working adult at College for America is different than an 18-year-old living in a dorm, or a graduate student creating new knowledge that revolutionizes an industry. But throughout New Hampshire there is opportunity for more state support — and modernization — in our higher education landscape.
Here is how we cut costs, cut student debt, and boost our New Hampshire workforce: