Sen. Sherrod Brown proposed several higher education bills in the Senate as Congress begins to take another look at the Higher Education Act.

Brown co-sponsored the Debt-Free College Act on March 6, which provides state incentives to match grants to increase investments in higher education.

In Ohio, state funding decreased .1 percent from 2017 to 2018. The state provides universities incentives for students graduating in four years.

In the proposed legislation, states would receive one-to-one federal match for its higher education appropriations, which is state funding toward public universities. It would partner states and the federal government.

Matching grants would cover costs for students, including tuition, room and board, books and supplies.

“Hard work can’t pay off if you’re drowning in college debt,” Brown said in a

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