Education & Workforce Development
Senator Hassan supports a strong public education system that prepares our young people to participate in our democracy and compete in our workforce.
The Senator first got involved in public service as an advocate fighting to ensure that children like her son, Ben, who experiences severe disabilities, would receive a high-quality education at public schools in their communities.
As Governor, she worked to freeze college tuition at the University System for the first time in 25 years and lowered tuition at community colleges—and she continues to fight to bring down the cost of higher education. She believes we must expand Pell Grants, lower interest rates on student loans, and crack down on predatory for-profit colleges.
As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Senator is also focused on supporting strong K-12 public schools and empowering local school districts, students, and teachers. To ensure that students have the skills and innovative thinking necessary to compete for jobs in the 21st century economy, the Senator is working to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and working to expand Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in high schools, including providing students with greater access to work-based learning opportunities.
Senator Hassan will continuing working to improve access to quality early childhood education, make higher education more affordable, and expand apprenticeship and job training opportunities.
May 17, 2019
Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Protect Students, Reduce Bullying and Harassment at Colleges and Universities
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, joined their colleagues this week in introducing legislation to help reduce bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying, at colleges and universities across the country.Read More
May 16, 2019
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced legislation to help reduce the need for students to take remedial courses when pursuing post-secondary education, and to improve degree completion rates. The Promoting Readiness in Education to Prevent Additional Remediation and Expense (PREPARE) Act would better align high school graduation requirements with entrance requirements for credit-bearing post-secondary coursework, and would provide resources to schools to strengthen their remedial programs and improve outcomes.Read More
May 15, 2019
NH Delegation Applauds $300,000 in Federal Funding Awarded to Manchester Community College to Expand Skilled Technical Workforce
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Ranking Member on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations subcommittee, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the announcement of a $299,529 grant awarded to Manchester Community College to support programs to help educate the next generation of skilled technical workers. The grant is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF).Read More
May 13, 2019
Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Make Bankruptcy Relief Available to Student Loan Borrowers
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen recently joined their colleagues in introducing bicameral legislation that would give hard-working Granite Staters and Americans overwhelmed by debt the option of obtaining meaningful bankruptcy relief that includes student loan debt.Read More
May 13, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan last week cosponsored a bipartisan bill to empower students and their families with better information about the costs of college. The bipartisan Understanding the True Cost of College Act would create a universal financial aid award letter to allow prospective students to compare colleges to find the best value. NPR recently highlighted the issue of colleges and universities providing misleading and confusing financial aid letters.Read More
May 10, 2019
Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Increase U.S. Advanced Manufacturing’s Global Competitiveness
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues this week in introducing the Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing Act, which will promote expansion of the national network of Manufacturing USA institutes and strengthen American manufacturing. The bill is also cosponsored by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).Read More
April 29, 2019
Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Create Innovation Zones in Higher Education and Improve Student Success
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) today introduced the Innovation Zone Act (IZ Act), which would reform the under-utilized and inefficient experimental sites initiative within the Higher Education Act. The IZ Act would rename experimental sites as “innovation zones” to better reflect the program’s mission of encouraging higher education institutions to experiment with strategies to increase student success.Read More