Education

Education remains the primary tool to get a good-paying job and support a family. Senator Feinstein believes Washington must do more to improve the quality of K-12 education and increase the affordability of higher education.

College Affordability

The cost of higher education dissuades too many young people from enrolling in college, and the burden of student loan debt prevents too many borrowers from buying a home, opening a business or starting a family.

Senator Feinstein supports proposals to allow student loan borrowers to refinance both their federal and private student loans at lower interest rates, in the same way homeowners can refinance the mortgages. These changes would save borrowers hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Senator Feinstein also backed the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has developed new tools to help students learn about options for paying for college and repaying student loans.

Expansion of Early-Learning Programs

Research has clearly demonstrated the effect of early learning programs on a child’s long term educational attainment. Children who attend preschool are more likely to graduate from high school and college than children who don’t attend preschool.

Senator Feinstein supports universal access to early programs and has long supported funding for the expansion of early childhood education.