ACCT Statement on American Families Plan

April 28, 2021

Today, President Biden unveiled his American Families Plan, the second part of his Build Back Better strategy. The American Families Plan focuses on improving the wellbeing of children and families by investing $1.8 trillion in education and child care over ten years.

Notably, the measure makes historical investments in education by offering two years of free community college to all Americans, including Dreamers—covering tuition and fees for an estimated 5.5 million students. The American Families Plan would also provide two years of subsidized tuition for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs); and would increase the maximum Pell Grant award by $1,400 – a 20 percent increase.  And importantly, the plan would support evidence-based strategies to boost student completion and retention.  

ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown offered the following statement on the American Families Plan:

“Affordable, accessible postsecondary education is more important than ever before, given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on today’s students and the economy.  By investing in tuition-free community college and increasing tuition assistance for students enrolled in HBCUs, TCUs and MSIs, the American Families Plan will help remove barriers to success for low-income students, students of color, Dreamers, and other individuals who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. 

The Association of Community College Trustees has long called for a federal program that supports tuition-free community college. We applaud President Biden’s commitment to making educational attainment a national priority.”