U.S. Representative Jared Polis


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  • Applying for Federal Financial Aid will be Easier and Quicker
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Washington, D.C., July 11, 2016: The House of Representatives approved Rep. Polis’s bill to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) today. The Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act (H.R.3177) modifies the application process by: ·Allowing students to fill out the FAFSA as early as October, as opposed to January. Students could fill out the early FAFSA using family income tax returns from two years prior, rather than one year prior. ·Making a mobile-version of the ... Read more

  • Polis, Hinojosa, Moore and 100+ Members of Congress urge President Obama to expand access to federal student services for DACA students
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Education

    Washington, D.C., June 21, 2016: Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), along with 110 other members of Congress sent a letter to the Obama Administration urging them to expand access to Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) for students who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Nationwide, there are over 728,000 DACA residents. Students who participate in TRIO are from low-income families and the first in their famil... Read more

  • Polis Statement on John King Confirmation as Education Secretary
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) released the following statement on Dr. John King’s confirmation to serve as Secretary of Education. “Throughout his career, Secretary King has shown a commitment to civil rights and a belief that every student deserves a great education, regardless of their background, zip code, or socioeconomic status.” said Polis. “The next year will be a crucial time for students and families as we implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. I’m confident that ... Read more

  • Polis, Peters, Cassidy, Reed Introduce Bill to Improve College Access, Reduce Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on February 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Tom Reed (NY-23) today introduced bicameral legislation to expand dual and concurrent enrollment programs, which improve higher education access by enabling high school students to enroll in college courses for credit. The bill, entitled the Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act, will provide funding for colleges and universities to develop and expand dual enrollment programs at local high schools. “... Read more

  • An innovative way to expand college access
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education

    Nearly six years ago, in May 2009, the Colorado state Legislature passed a bill that created rules for concurrent enrollment programs, which allow high school students to take courses for college credit. Last year, 94 percent of school districts in our state participated in this program, with roughly 20,000 Colorado high schoolers taking advantage of the opportunity to work towards a college degree, for free, while in high school. For many of these students, it means getting a head start on thei... Read more

  • Polis Response to the President's State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Economy, Labor, Education

    Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) released the following statement tonight in response to President Obama's final State of the Union address before Congress: "Tonight the President urged Congress to make 2016 a year of action, and I echo that call in the strongest terms possible. "Under seven years of President Obama’s leadership, our nation has made extraordinary progress in several areas – a historic international climate accord, a DREAMer program that has helped over half a million Americans build liv... Read more

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