Representative Sean Casten

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Education

As a scientist and entrepreneur, Representative Casten’s desire to learn paved his way to Congress and he believes that, regardless of zip code or economic status, every child should have access to a top-notch, affordable education. America must strive for an educational system that prepares our students to compete in an ever-advancing global economy and that does not leave students grappling with crippling debt.  

The Congressman supports the expansion of early childhood education, recognizing the difference it makes to give our kids a solid start early in life.  He supports year-round Pell grants and enabling students who wish to pursue a trade that opportunity.   Rep. Casten also believes in expanding STEM education to prepare our kids for the jobs of the future to help ensure American competitiveness for generations to come.

More on Education

October 21, 2019 In The News

Two lawmakers have joined hands to introduce a bill that would increase the Pell Grant value by matching it with the rising cost of attending college.

Representatives Susie Lee (Nev.-03) and Sean Casten (Ill.-06) moved the Pell Grant Sustainability Act that will index the Pell Grants to Inflation.

Over the years, amid a sustainable rise in inflation, the value of Pell Grants have remained flat, leaving the responsibility of covering major expenses of college education on students.

October 11, 2019 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL. – Today, U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06) and Susie Lee (NV-03) introduced the Pell Grant Sustainability Act. The bill would make sure that Federal resources for college students keep up with current costs by indexing Pell Grants to inflation.

October 4, 2019 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – Today, U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Donna Shalala (FL-27), and Peter King (NY-02) introduced the Stop College Closures Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would require accrediting agencies for institutions of higher education do more to prevent and protect students from falling victim to sudden school closures.

September 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Deb Haaland (NM-01), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) introduced H.R. 4502, the Giving Relief and Dollars to Undergraduates for Adequate Time for Education Act (GRADUATE Act). The bill would eliminate the restriction that students can only take out subsidized student loans over three years for an Associate’s Degree or six years for a Bachelor’s Degree, while maintaining the overall cap on borrowing to prevent students from taking on too much debt.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06), Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-05), and Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32) introduced the Better Service to Borrowers Act. The legislation would require the Department of Education to create a common loan servicing manual to ensure that no matter who services their student loans, borrowers receive the same basic quality of service.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 2740, a package of bills that would fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy throughout the next year.

The bill includes several provisions championed by Congressman Casten aimed at protecting our environment, addressing climate change, ensuring access to quality health care, and promoting education for all citizens. Congressman Casten released the following statement upon the passage of the bill:

June 11, 2019 Press Release

“We don’t have a partner on the federal level in protecting students. In many ways we have an opponent.”

March 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after President Trump submitted his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request.