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Higher Education Act

  • Since the original Higher Education Act (HEA) was created in 1965, the sweeping law governing federal financial aid programs has been rewritten eight separate times. The current HEA was set to expire at the end of 2013 but has now been extended through 2015 while Congress prepares for the next reauthorization. Among the issues that likely will be included in the final bill are affordability and college costs; access, persistence and completion; better information for consumers; student loan programs; accreditation and oversight; innovation; and the burden of federal regulations. ACE has worked with Congress on each reauthorization and has already taken initial steps on the current process.

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    Jon Fansmith


    Budget & appropriations, federal student aid

  • Terry Hartle

    Senior Vice President, ACE

    Accreditation, college costs, federal policy, federal student aid, higher education finance, immigration, legislative issues, tuition

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    Anne Hickey

    Director, Government Relations

    Budget & appropriations, federal policy, federal student aid, legislative issues