The cost of a college education has risen 3,819% over the last five decades. In the 1960s and 70s, tuition at NYC public colleges was almost free, enabling a generation of students the freedom to pursue higher education without taking on a lifetime burden of debt. We need to make public college tuition free across the country. 

Today, 44 million of  U.S. citizens owe approximately $1.5 trillion dollars in student debt.  Interest rates range from 4.4 to 7.5%, and current law makes it nearly impossible to default or declare bankruptcy on these loans.  This crippling debt has prevented millions of young people in the US from buying homes, owning businesses, or starting families.

Shaniyat aims to cancel all current student loan debt through a tax on wall street, set a cap on college loan interest rates going forward (1.88%), expand Pell Grants to cover non-tuition college costs. We also must prioritize funding for historically black and minority-serving colleges and universities.

Shan believes public colleges and vocational schools across the country should be tuition free. He supports the College for All Act of 2019, which would eliminate student loan debt across the board. Shaniyat also believes that we must make trade schools and special skill training completely free. In conjunction with unions, we can make the trades a sustainable, fair, and equitable option.