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Higher Education Act

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Higher Education Act

  • Since the original Higher Education Act (HEA) was created in 1965, the sweeping law governing federal higher education programs has been rewritten eight separate times. The current HEA was set to expire at the end of 2013 but was extended while Congress works on 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 works with Congress and the administration on an ongoing basis to ensure the views of our members are reflected in each reauthorization.

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ACE Advocacy Contacts

  • Jon Fansmith

    Jonathan Fansmith

    Director, Government Relations

    Accessibility & disability issues; budget & appropriations; federal policy; federal student aid; legislative issues; privacy; technology; teacher preparation

  • Terry Hartle


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