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2016 October 24 - 05:04 pm

Differences Define Candidates

Differences on Higher Education Policy Are Pronounced

Donald Trump

Wants student loans to originate with banks rather than the federal government.

Has proposed an income-based student loan repayment plan that would cap payments at 12.5 percent of income. All outstanding loans would be forgiven after 15 years of steady repayment.

Has pledged to eliminate unspecified government regulations on colleges. Money saved by colleges should be passed on to students in the form of lower tuition.

Has said colleges of all types should be judged on their performance.

Is known for having opened the now-defunct Trump University, which is the subject of legal complaints that it defrauded students.

Hillary Clinton

Backs a plan that eventually would allow students to attend in-state, four-year public colleges and universities tuition-free, if they came from families with annual incomes of up to $125,000. The plan would begin by 2021 and cover about 83 percent of families. Expect students to work 10 hours a week to help defray the cost of college attendance.

Has called for two years of community college to be tuition-free for students who keep their grades up.

Wants to hold colleges accountable for reining in costs and doing more to help students, including disadvantaged students, graduate on time.

Has proposed making it easier for those in public service professions, including teachers, to have their student loans forgiven.

Wants to restore year-round Pell Grants, allowing students to earn summer school credits and stay on track to graduation.

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