Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee’s Millennial Taskforce, held a hearing on “College Completion, Flexibility and Affordability for an emerging generation.” Among those testifying before the committee was Lauren Kent, a student from Jefferson Community College.

“As the first member of my immediate family to graduate from college, the issue of college affordability and accessibility is a top priority of mine,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The millennial generation in our country is being crushed by soaring college costs and student loan debt, and as lawmakers, we must find solutions to address affordability and flexibility in higher education. Today’s hearing was an important opportunity to hear about the educational challenges facing the millennial generation. It is critical that we find solutions to this crisis.

“I was pleased that we were joined by Lauren Kent from Jefferson Community College. As a millennial, non-traditional student, a veteran of the United States Navy, the wife of a soldier stationed at Fort Drum and a mother of three children, Lauren brought a valuable insight to our hearing and I thank her for joining us today.”

Photos from the hearing can be located here.