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S. 806 (115th): College for All Act of 2017

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About the bill

The skyrocketing cost of higher education is more expensive than ever before. 44 million borrowers owe a cumulative $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, having recently surpassed total credit card debt and auto loan debt.The tax bill the GOP is currently working on would add to this problem by increasing taxes on graduate students.

A bill in Congress, moonshot though it may be, would try to make public colleges completely tuition-free for most families in order to address at least some of the costs associated with higher education.

What the bill does

The College For All Act would aim to make all public colleges and universities tuition-free for anybody making less than $125,000. It would also aim to make community college tuition-free for everybody, at any salary level. …

Sponsor and status

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders

Sponsor. Senator for Vermont. Independent.

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Last Updated: Apr 3, 2017
Length: 51 pages
Apr 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 3, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


7 Cosponsors (7 Democrats)



Apr 3, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 806 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 806. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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