When Congress returns after Labor Day, lawmakers will begin the long process of renewing the Higher Education Act (HEA), the sweeping law governing federal financial aid programs.
In response to a request from the leaders of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, ACE and a group of 38 leading higher education associations have submitted suggestions for rewriting the HEA, which expires at the end of this calendar year.
Last reauthorized in 2008 after five years of temporary extensions, HEA is likely once again to evolve slowly over months, or conceivably over years. As the lengthy process begins, this document summarizes the groups’ initial thoughts on the issues that should play a prominent role, including:
- College access, persistence and completion;
Better information for consumers;
Student loan programs;
Accreditation and appropriate oversight;
College affordability and cost reduction;
Innovation to benefit students;
Federal regulatory burden; and
Special focus programs.
For an overview of the range of comments submitted to the committee, see:
Previewing the Higher Ed Act
Inside Higher Ed