Where Bob Dole Stands on Student Loans

Bob Dole is Committed to Helping All Americans Pursue Higher Education
Bob Dole knows how important the role of the federal government is in ensuring access to and the of higher education. The government put Bob Dole through college after he served in World War II with the help of the G.I. Bill -- a piece of legislation that has allowed hundreds of thousands of former American servicemen and women to go to college.

Bob Dole and Jack Kemp believe that it is critical that the federal government protect and expand opportunities for all Americans to pursue a higher education. That is why a Dole-Kemp Administration will be committed to increasing quality, choice and accessibility in higher education.

The Dole-Kemp plan for economic growth contains provisions that will:

Create Penalty-Free IRA Withdrawals for Higher Education
Our tax code is hostile to parents trying to save for a child's college education. A Dole-Kemp Administration will reverse this and encourage savings. Specifically, under individuals would be eligible to withdraw funds from an IRA account to pay for tuition or related higher education costs for themselves, a child, or a spouse without any penalty.

Create Education Investment Accounts
A Dole-Kemp Administration will establish "Education Investment Accounts" to give low- and middle-income parents more incentive to save for their child's college education. Money can be deposited into these accounts and saved tax free, up to a limit of $500 per child each year as long as the funds are left in the account for at least five years. The money can then be withdrawn to pay for tuition, fees, books, computers, and other expenses at an accredited college, university, or other post-secondary institution.

Restore the Interest Deduction for Student Loans
Our tax system should be make it easier for Americans to pursue higher education. That is why the Dole-Kemp economic growth plan restores a sensible deduction to the tax code that will benefit students and their families. Under this provision, low- and middle-income individuals who are paying off their student loans will be able to deduct the interest paid on qualified student loans for five years.

Bob Dole and Jack Kemp are also committed to:

A Better America
With Bob Dole as President, the government will fight to protect and expand opportunities for higher education for all Americans.


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