College Affordability and Skills Training

Cindy knows that we need to make college more affordable and help those currently strapped with student loan debt. College graduates owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans nationwide. In Iowa, 65% of college students graduate with student loans, with an average of almost $30,000 of debt.  

Cindy knows that our student loan crisis isn’t just hurting Iowa students, it’s hurting our economy. Iowans crippled with student loan debt are less likely to buy a home, start a small business, or even start a family. Cindy knows that we need to help recent graduates repay their loans.

Cindy also knows that college isn’t the only path to success. Cindy will make sure every Iowan has the skills they need for a good-paying job. Cindy knows that in today’s economy, investing in workforce development and lifelong learning helps grow our economy and create jobs. 

In Congress, Cindy will focus on expanding access to community colleges and trade schools, as well as strengthening on-the-job training so every Iowan can compete in this economy and meet their professional goals.

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More on College Affordability and Skills Training

January 16, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Cindy Axne voted to pass legislation to protect students who have been defrauded by higher education facilities and predatory for-profit colleges.
December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. — Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass a package of appropriations bills and tax extenders, investing in key programs that help Iowans and provides funding certainty for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020.

November 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), helped introduce the Leveraging Effective Apprenticeships to Rebuild National Skills (LEARNS) Act. The LEARNS Act would increase the number of skilled workers in the United States and strengthen registered apprenticeship programs as an effective earn-and-learn model for students, workers, and employers.

October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last night, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) praised House passage of three pieces of health care legislation that will work to lower the high cost of prescription drugs, reauthorize funding for the nursing programs, and improve options for end of life care.

September 18, 2019 In The News


Over the last district work period, I had the great privilege of traveling throughout the Third District and meeting with folks in every corner of Southwest Iowa. With 95 total stops, I visited 16 counties, 28 towns, held 10 town halls and traveled more than 1,000 miles to connect with you. I'm grateful to everyone who took the time to meet with me. 

I wanted to update you on some of the stops I made and what I heard from Iowans during the past six weeks.

Town Halls 

August 5, 2019 Press Release
DES MOINES – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced she has signed onto three pieces of legislation that would expand career education for students of all ages. The School to Career Pathways Act, the START Career Pathways Act, and the Making Education Affordable & Accessible Act would provide funding for career pathways programs in K-12 schools, expand Pell Grants to job training programs, and establish funding for dual enrollment programs with an emphasis on supporting rural communities, respectively.
August 5, 2019 In The News
As a Member of Congress, one of my most important responsibilities is to nominate constituents to our prestigious military academies. I am now accepting applications to nominate constituents between the ages of 17-22 to four U.S. service academies: the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. These institutions provide college-aged Americans with a tuition-free, four-year undergraduate education and prepare them to be officers of some of our nation's uniformed services. Upon graduation, service academy graduates are commissioned as officers in the active or reserve components of the military or merchant marine for a minimum of five years.
June 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) joined Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and colleagues to introduce the Transform Student Debt to Home Equity Act of 2019, legislation intended to help college graduates strapped with student loan debt purchase a home. This legislation would allow college graduates to roll federal student loan debt into a home mortgage through the purchase of a federally-owned vacant property.
June 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced House passage of H.R.2740, the first "minibus" package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill, which included of over $50 billion in federal funding to expand access to college, career and technical education and early education.
May 22, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), questioned U.S. Secretary of the Department of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin about the impact the Administration’s tariffs on China are having on everyday Iowa families at a House Financial Services Committee hearing.