A good education equips people with the knowledge and skills needed to secure good jobs. It is critical to the success and prosperity for Mainers and their families. It is also essential to keep and attract business investment and grow Maine’s economy. Rising higher education costs, shrinking student aid, and heavy student loan debt threaten to deny the promise of a college education to many Mainers, especially low-income workers and their children. The future prospects of aspiring Maine students, their families, and our state economy depend on making higher education more affordable.