Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) was at the University of Vermont talking college tuition Monday.
Rep. Welch is introducing legislation he hopes will help curb escalating costs for families. The effort is two-fold. First he wants to re-assess federal mandates on colleges that could be unnecessary and costly. The second prong of the legislation would create a task force of higher education officials to look for other ways to save.
"I was just thinking my laptop died yesterday, so now I have to think, oh man now I have to find money to pay for a laptop on top of finding money to pay for rent on top of finding money to pay for college -- it's constant anxiety," said Claudia Abbiati, a UVM student.
"We went to the college fair recently and typically the first question he wanted to ask is if there were employment opportunities because he knows that he's going to have to have a job while he's going the same way," said Chris Lamotte, a Milton parent.
Welch says the Secretary of Education would work on implementing possible changes as well as penalties for non-compliance that could include holding back federal money for colleges and universities. Right now the bill is still awaiting a co-sponsor.
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