In Opposing Student Debt Relief, Susan Rice Breaks With Her Family History

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Lois Ann Dickson was the daughter of Jamaican immigrants; her father worked as a janitor, her mother, as a maid. She was valedictorian of her high school and earned Phi Beta Kappa at Radcliffe. In 1959, Dickson, who by marriage became Lois Rice, joined the College Board as an executive, where she lobbied for financial assistance for students entering higher education. At the time, it was known as the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant, and in 1972 it found a sponsor in Rhode Island Sen. Claiborne Pell. The Pell grant provides thousands of dollars to eligible recipients toward the cost of tuition, without having to be paid back. Rice both pressed for its establishment and testified numerous times before Congress to ensure that it not only remained in place, but grew as cost burdens for students grew.” (01/07/22)