The Higher Education Act (HEA) covers federal student aid and various programs aimed at supporting student access and affordability. Though it should be renewed every 5 years, the HEA expired in 2013.
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.
Issues 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
- Information on the Aim Higher Act
- Congressional Research Service Report "The Higher Education Act: A Primer", October 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
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