2020 Presidential Candidates on Higher Ed

February 28th, 2020
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Amber Roman
Director of Strategic Communications

Central to the mission of the Campaign for College Opportunity is ensuring the opportunity of all Californians to go to college and graduate. We remember that mission as Californians cast their ballots for the March 3rd Primary.

The President of the United States has a tremendous impact on articulating priorities for college access and affordability and making critical research investments to support technical, medical, and other innovations. Wonder where President Trump and the leading Democratic candidates stand on higher education? Do they support making college more affordable? What solutions do they propose to address student debt?

Below are links to key priorities of the presidential candidates on higher education. We hope you find this information useful as you prepare to cast your vote by March 3rd.

President Donald J. Trump

Overall Plan

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Overall Plan

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg

Overall Plan

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Overall Plan

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

Overall Plan

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Free College and Debt Plan
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) Plan

Businessman Tom Steyer

Overall Plan
Student Debt

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

Overall Plan

Methodology: Not all presidential candidates on the California primary ballot are highlighted in this post. Featured presidential candidates must have met at least one of the following criterion (a) must have appeared in at least one nationally-televised democratic debate since February 1, 2020; (b) enjoy the support of a major political party’s voters, as evidenced by delegate counts, in primary contests since February 1, 2020; and (c) reached at least 10% polling in four national polls since February 1, 2020. The President of the United States is listed first then the Democratic candidates, that have been determined to meet that threshold, are listed alphabetically by last name.

***Note: This blog post is for information purposes only. The Campaign for College Opportunity is recognized as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and, as a result, does not endorse or oppose any candidate for elected public office. The information found in the links above are for information purposes and should not be construed as official positions of The Campaign.