Sending Office: Johnson (TX), Eddie Bernice
Cosponsor the Passport Assistance for Disadvantaged Students Act of 2019
Please join me in expanding access to study abroad programs for underserved populations by cosponsoring H.R. 3503 – the Passport Assistance for Disadvantaged Students Act of 2019.
This bipartisan bill would establish a pilot program between the Department of Education, Department of State, and 3 public universities (including 1 HBCU and 1 HSI). Students at each of these schools who receive Pell Grants and are accepted for a Study
Abroad program would have the opportunity to receive a United States Passport at no cost to the student. The school would cover the upfront cost and the Department of State would reimburse the institution after they’ve reported relevant information to the
Department of Education.
As we see a new group of students begin their college adventure, I can’t help but notice that some of these young individuals may graduate lacking the global skills needed to excel in today’s globalized workplace. Exposure to the world’s diverse cultures
and traditions allows oneself to be more understanding and comfortable in a rapidly transforming world while also developing a greater appreciation for the United States and our shared culture.
Over 80% of incoming freshmen hope to study abroad as a part of the college experience; however, due to obligations such as coursework, employment and affordability, only 10% end up taking advantage of this incredible opportunity offered by many universities.
Minority students are greatly underrepresented within this population. This is why I introduced the Passport Assistance for Disadvantaged Students Act of 2019.
For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact Nawaid Ladak in Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s office at
Nawaid.Ladak@mail.house.gov or by calling (202) 225-8885.
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Member of Congress
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