President-elect Joe Biden pledged to make community college tuition-free, and offer a similar benefit for students from families with working-class incomes or lower to attend state schools as well.
Biden tweeted in his post saying that a high school diploma is no longer enough for the occupational demands of the 21st Century. He tweeted, "That’s why under the Biden-Harris plan, the community college will be free — and public colleges and universities will be tuition-free for families earning less than $125,000 a year."
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who wants to become Senate Majority Leader if Democrats flip two outstanding Georgia Senate races in January 5 runoffs, asked Biden to alleviate the financial pressure facing American students.
Schumer urged for the erasure of student loan debt, pointing to $90 billion in arrears being held by students in the Empire State alone. He said, "College should be a ladder up, but student debt makes it an anchor down. For far too many students and graduate students, some years out of school, student loans and federal student loans are becoming a forever burden."
The tweet also came one day after Biden's announcement of Connecticut education commissioner Miguel Cardona as his priority for U.S. Secretary of Education.
If things go well, Cardona would push for re-openings nationwide, as Biden has pledged to have most schools reopened by his 100th day in office.