Congress Approves FUTURE Act December 13, 2019 Section 1 Content More than two months after the funding expired, Congress gave final approval Dec. 10 to the FUTURE Act, a bill that will restore and make permanent a $255 million per year funding stream for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority serving institutions (MSIs). The House voted 319-96 to pass the bill Tuesday, and the Senate followed suit by unanimous consent a few hours later. The compromise bill hammered out in the Senate also streamlines the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by making it easier for the Department of Education to gather information directly from the IRS, cutting at least 22 questions from the form. The FAFSA simplifications are estimated to save $2.8 billion over a decade, which will go toward paying for the bill.In addition, the measure simplifies the process borrowers use to repay income-driven student loans and provides for a small increase in Pell Grant funding. Both the funding for MSIs and the simplified financial aid paperwork are significant achievements that will have tremendous benefits for students, families, and institutions, as ACE President Ted Mitchell said in a statement after the House vote. He noted that the bill “represents a bipartisan consensus that is always welcome but increasingly rare.”The bill has been sent to President Trump, who is expected to sign it. Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Button Content Rail Content 1Related Content Letter to the House in Support of the FUTURE Act Letter to Senate Leaders in Support of the FUTURE Act Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on House Passage of the FUTURE Act Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related News February 12, 2020 President Trump has called for $5.6 billion in cuts to the Department of Education’s budget for FY 2021, a move that would weaken critical higher education programs that support low- and middle-income students and families. Read More News February 12, 2020 Latest White House Budget Once Again Slashes Student Aid, Research Funding News February 11, 2020 In its place, ED the department resubmitted a proposal for an expanded information collection request with just one change: It removes the request for unredacted “true copies” of contracts and gift agreements from covered institutions. Read More News February 11, 2020 Education Department Withdraws Emergency HEA Section 117 Information Collection Request Microcourse This microcourse draws on the racial crisis at Mizzou as a case example to offer recommendations leaders who strive to create and maintain a positive racial climate. Not an ACE Engage user? Create a complimentary account! Read More Microcourse Race Relations on Campus: Lessons from Mizzou Microcourse This microcourse helps campus leaders be prepared to lead during, and respond effectively, to tensions between campus inclusion and free speech. Not an ACE Engage user? Create a complimentary account! Read More Microcourse Inclusion and Free Speech: Strategies for Managing Tensions Microcourse This microcourse considers how changing demographics and student voices have elevated the importance of inclusion at higher education institutions. Not an ACE Engage user? Create a complimentary account! Read More Microcourse Inclusion and Free Speech: The Right to Be Heard Podcast January 13, 2020 Julie Posselt, associate professor of education at the University of Southern California, talks about her new book, Higher Education Administration for Social Justice and Equity, and how to carry out basic administrative operations with a clear commitment Read More Podcast January 13, 2020 dotEDU Episode 13: Organizing a Campus Based on Equity and Social Justice Member Spotlight January 13, 2020 In Colorado, undocumented students—who cannot apply for most financial aid—now have at least one more option as they decide how to finance their degree. Read More Member Spotlight January 13, 2020 Colorado Mountain College Creates Unique Tuition Assistance Program for DACA, Other Students News January 13, 2020 The December webinar, “Whither Higher Education Act Reauthorization?” is now archived exclusively on ACE Engage®, ACE’s online community and learning platform. Read More News January 13, 2020 Missed Our Recent Webinar on HEA Reauthorization? No Problem, See It On ACE Engage. Online Event December 10, 20191:00 PM to 1:45 PM This webinar will provide an overview of the prospects for HEA reauthorization, major issues involved with the legislation, and the implications for colleges and universities. Read More Online Event December 10, 20191:00 PM to 1:45 PM Whither HEA Reauthorization?