Education & Workforce Development
“Every child deserves the opportunity to receive a high-quality, public K-12 education that will help them compete in the 21st century innovation economy. We also must ensure that students can get a post-secondary education that prepares them for their future career without taking on massive debt – whether it be at a job training or apprenticeship program, a two- or four-year college, or graduate studies.” – Senator Hassan
As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Hassan is focused on supporting access to affordable, quality early childhood education, strong K-12 public schools, and accessible and affordable career training and higher education opportunities.
New Hampshire’s low unemployment rate presents a challenge to innovation-based businesses who are struggling to hire the skilled workers that they need. To address this challenge, Senator Hassan is working to strengthen job training, expand career pathway programs, and create stronger partnerships between education and training systems and innovative businesses.
Senator Hassan recognizes that today’s students face a number of challenges that may impede their pursuit of education. She introduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to support career pathway strategies – which combine work, education, and support services – to help individuals earn the credentials that businesses look for during the hiring process. Senator Hassan is also working to secure additional federal funding to integrate high-quality career and technical education programs into high schools to better prepare students for their future careers.
Students who choose to pursue higher education too often find themselves burdened by massive amounts of student debt, which can affect the choices that they make about their future – from where to work and live, to whether to pursue an advanced degree. To help relieve this burden, Senator Hassan is working to reduce interest rates for borrowers by allowing those with outstanding student debt to refinance their student loans. She is also working to expand the reach of federal student aid dollars, including allowing Pell Grants to be used for short-term job training programs and increasing the maximum Pell Grant.
Senator Hassan has consistently fought to expand access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education and to assist more families with rising child care expenses. She is a cosponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would ensure that low- and middle-income families do not pay more than seven percent of their income for childcare. The bill would also ensure that all three and four year olds have access to high quality pre-school, including access to more supports for children who experience disabilities. Additionally, Senator Hassan has helped successfully secure increased funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant and Head Start Programs, and she will continue advocating for these vital programs.
Senator Hassan is also working to ensure that students – including veterans and service members – are not taken advantage of by predatory for-profit colleges that engage in unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practices. To safeguard students and taxpayers from anti-student higher education practices, Senator Hassan introduced the PROTECT Students Act which would put in place common-sense consumer protections – such as providing loan forgiveness when a higher education institutions closes unexpectedly and holding job training programs accountable for job placement and earnings outcomes – to help ensure that higher education meets the needs of hard-working students.
Additionally, Senator Hassan recognizes the importance of supporting our K-12 public education system, which is essential to ensuring that every child, no matter his or her circumstances, has the chance to learn, grow, and lead. Senator Hassan has strongly opposed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s massive proposed cuts to the Department of Education and her efforts to implement a voucher system that would divert taxpayer dollars to private, religious, and for-profit schools without requirements for accountability.
September 18, 2020
Senator Hassan Calls for Support for Students Financially Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic During Senate Hearing
WASHINGTON - During a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on students and called for additional steps to help them stay in school.Read More
September 14, 2020
As the School Year Resumes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Senators Lead Resolution Supporting Social & Emotional Learning Programs for Students
[ With the school year resuming amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) led the introduction of a resolution supporting social and emotional learning programs for students. The resolution expresses support for the implementation of evidence-based programs into classroom and virtual school curriculums to help students cope with the uncertainties and pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic they may be experiencing at school and at home.Read More
September 04, 2020
NEW HAMPSHIRE - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement ahead of Labor Day:Read More
August 20, 2020
Senator Hassan Holds Virtual Roundtable with Higher Education Leaders as Many Colleges and Universities Welcome Students Back to Campus
NEW HAMPSHIRE - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan held a virtual roundtable this week with higher education leaders across New Hampshire as many college and universities begin to welcome their students back to campus.Read More
August 18, 2020
Senators Hassan, Shaheen, Colleagues Urge Administration to Offer COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Providers
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bicameral group of their colleagues in urging the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more detailed public health guidance to support child care providers during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was led by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Abby Finkenauer (D-IA).Read More
- August 17, 2020
August 12, 2020
NH Delegation Announces More Than $1.3 Million for Student Support Services at UNH, Keene State and Plymouth State
(Manchester, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced the award of $1,364,423 in federal funding to the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Keene State College (KSC) and Plymouth State University (PSU) to bolster and expand vital student support services. UNH, KSC and PSU will receive $379,979, $364,948 and $357,608 for the TRIO Student Support Services program, which serves low-income and potential first-generation college students in higher education. In addition, KSC will receive a $261,888 award to fund a new pilot program that will serve 120 first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities who have a need for academic support and are pursuing a STEM degree.Read More