WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement after President Obama announced his proposal to tie federal financial aid to a U.S. government rating based on college costs, outcomes, and other qualitative and quantitative measures of success.

“As we consider how to help people pay for college and other forms of higher education, we must also focus on reining in the actual cost of a quality education and ensure that quality programs that provide a solid education and career options top the list of those that receive taxpayer support. Our economic success is inextricably tied to a well-educated and well-trained workforce. By investing in quality education today, we are investing in our economy tomorrow. I am encouraged by the President’s proposal, and in the wake of the passage of the Student Loan Certainty Act, I hope that my colleagues in Congress will continue to prioritize making college affordable for all.”