Central Scholarship’s Vice President, Michele Johnson, penned an op-ed in today’s Baltimore Sun pushing for cost transparency in higher education. She calls for legislation mandating updated and easy-to-use cost calculators for all schools. Michele Johnson writes, “We were delighted to learn that a federal bi-partisan bill proposing a Net Price Calculator Improvement Act of 2014 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Maryland U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and in the Senate by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. The intent of this bill was to simplify net price calculators and require current and consistent data in a user friendly format in the appropriate location on the school website with no broken links. Pretty much a “no-brainer.” While the House of Representatives bill passed as part of the larger Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act, the Senate bill failed and must be reintroduced in 2015.
With the 114th Congress now in session, we hope that Senator Franken will reintroduce, and the Senate will pass, this bi-partisan bill. However, should this federal legislation not become a reality any time soon, we urge the Maryland General Assembly and incoming Gov. Larry Hogan to again take the lead in the interest of transparency for Maryland students and families and support such a bill here in Maryland. As Maryland led in 2014 with the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet statewide legislation, let’s see Maryland lead again, strengthening the net price calculator requirements.”
The entire op-ed can be read here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-higher-ed-transparency-20150113-story.html