Public Policy
HEA Reauthorization

Current Law

The Higher Education Act, which expired in 2013 and should be renewed every 5 years, covers federal student aid and various programs aimed at supporting student access and affordability.

During the 115th Congress, both parties released proposals to reauthorize the HEA. Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) introduced the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act. The bill passed the committee on a 23-17 party line vote, but was not brought to the House floor for consideration. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Democrats' proposal to reauthorize the HEA, the Aim Higher Act, which did not advance out of committee. 

As Congress continues its work towards reauthorizing the HEA, CASE will monitor potential HEA proposals affecting educational advancement and will work to shape and actively support the higher education association community's response to HEA reauthorization legislation.

CASE Position

Here's what we are watching closely:

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Title III
  • Campus Safety
  • Data & Transparency

Other issues we are watching:

  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • 90/10 Rule
  • Title IV
  • Title V
  • Federal Work-Study Program
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) program
  • TRIO Programs


ACE's HEA Resource Page

ACE Talking Points on the PROSPER Act 

AACC and ACCT Webinar: HEA Reauthorization and the PROSPER Act, May 2018

Higher Education Associations letter to House Leadership, February 2018

ACE Summary of the PROSPER Act, December 2017

Higher Education Associations letter to House Education and the Workforce Committee on PROSPER Act, December 2017

H.R. 4508 Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act

Congressional Research Service Report "The Higher Education Act: A Primer", August 2017

Updated January 7, 2019