Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on House Committee on Education and Labor Reconciliation Legislation September 08, 2021 Section 1 Content“The legislation unveiled today by the House Committee on Education and Labor is a major step toward providing greater access to an affordable, high-quality college education for millions of low- and middle-income students. It targets badly needed funds to address existing inequities in higher education and expands support for historically under-resourced institutions, including providing two years of tuition-free community college, directing additional investments to minority serving institutions, and increasing the maximum Pell Grant. Notably and laudably, it also begins the process of making Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients eligible for federal student financial aid.Overall, this legislation would help both students and families struggling to afford postsecondary education and the colleges and universities that serve them. We understand that these higher education provisions are part of a vast and complex legislative undertaking that remains a work in progress and believe improvements are necessary. In particular, while we appreciate the committee’s recognition of the fundamental importance of Pell Grants, a $500 increase to the maximum grant award does not go nearly far enough. We look forward to working with the House and Senate on these and other issues as the reconciliation process moves forward.” Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Media Contact Jon Riskind Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone:(202) 939-9453 Button Content Rail Content 1 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related Podcast September 23, 2021 ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle and dotedu host Sarah Spreitzer unpack where Congress stands on reconciliation and what it means for students and institutions. Read More Podcast September 23, 2021 What’s Going on With Budget Reconciliation, and Why Should Higher Ed Care? Online Event September 20, 2021 Hear about the budget reconciliation process, legislation to address competition with China, efforts to support students and scholars from Afghanistan, and more policy issues impacting higher ed. Register now. Read More Online Event September 20, 2021 Public Policy Pop-Up: Budget Reconciliation, NDAA, and Afghanistan News September 13, 2021 The House Education and Labor Committee has advanced its portion of the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, proposing to invest roughly $111 billion in higher education programs and federal student aid. Read More News September 13, 2021 House Committee Approves Substantial Increases for Higher Education Programs, Student Aid in Reconciliation Bill News August 16, 2021 In quick succession last week, the Senate passed its long-awaited $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package and a budget resolution that includes free community college, support for HBCUs, and a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Read More News August 16, 2021 Senate Budget Blueprint Includes Support for Free Community College, Other Higher Ed Priorities Podcast August 13, 2021 The hosts discuss the Senate’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package which includes support for expanding broadband access, before diving into the FY 2022 budget resolution and its provisions for free community college and more for higher ed. Read More Podcast August 13, 2021 dotEDU Brief: Broadband Access, Free Community College, Support for Dreamers All on the Table News August 9, 2021 ACE and 60 other higher education groups ask congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation to permanently protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and Dreamers. Read More News August 9, 2021 Higher Education, Business Leaders Continue to Urge Help for Dreamers From White House, Congress News August 2, 2021 The House of Representatives has approved a slate of spending bills that will fund parts of the government for FY 2022, including the Department of Education. Read More News August 2, 2021 House Approves Appropriations Package With Increased Funding for Higher Ed Online Event July 26, 2021 Get the latest on legislation to enhance U.S. security and competitiveness with China, updates on the congressional appropriations process, and hear where higher ed policy stands as Congress heads into recess. Read More Online Event July 26, 2021 Public Policy Pop-Up: U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, Appropriations, and Recess Wrap-Up News July 26, 2021 ACE and six other higher education associations have written to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging the Department of Education (ED) to develop and publicly share a clear plan to transition federal student loan borrowers back into repayment. Read More News July 26, 2021 ACE, Higher Education Groups Urge Education Department to Communicate Plans for Resuming Student Loan Repayments News July 19, 2021 The House Appropriations Committee last week approved a FY 2022 funding bill for Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, which includes substantial increases for student aid and scientific research. Read More News July 19, 2021 FY 2022 Education Funding Bill Moves Forward in House Statement July 13, 2021 This is an enormously important step that will facilitate the return of low- and middle-income students to higher education. What can easily appear to be an inside baseball administrative issue is, in fact, a godsend to both students and campus officials. Read More Statement July 13, 2021 ACE President Ted Mitchell Statement About Temporary Changes to Federal Student Aid Verification Process News ACE is proud to be part of a national campaign to double the maximum Pell Grant to $13,000 and help more students earn a degree, get a good-paying job and achieve a brighter future. Read More News ACE Helps Launch National Campaign to #DoublePell News July 12, 2021 ACE and 21 other higher education associations are urging congressional leaders to include dedicated investments in broadband technology for college students and institutions in any infrastructure package they might consider. Read More News July 12, 2021 ACE, Higher Ed Groups Urge Federal Support for Broadband for Students and Campuses News July 6, 2021 ACE and 43 other associations submitted comments July 1 on an array of topics that the Department of Education has indicated could be subject to negotiated rulemaking under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Read More News July 6, 2021 ACE, Other Associations Offer Comments, Principles on ED Rulemaking for Title IV Programs Video June 21, 2021 Get the latest on legislation to enhance competitiveness with China, Education Department plans on Title IX and student aid regulations, the higher ed community’s efforts to double the maximum Pell Grant, and more. Read More Video June 21, 2021 Public Policy Pop-Up: National Security, ED Regulations, and Doubling Pell News June 21, 2021 Lawmakers in the House and Senate have introduced legislation to double the Pell Grant, expand eligibility for the program to Dreamers, and make a number of other changes to the program. Read More News June 21, 2021 #DoublePell Bill Would Put College Within Reach for Millions of Students Statement June 16, 2021 "This exceptionally important legislation would ensure that Pell Grants will truly put college within the reach of millions of talented students." Read More Statement June 16, 2021 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act Video June 15, 2021 How can higher education better serve first-generation students? How can skills development be more accessible? Hear on June 15 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) how higher education and training can better address the needs of workers, employers, and communities. Read More Video June 15, 2021 Aligning Higher Education, Training, and Jobs for Inclusive Capitalism News June 14, 2021 ACE and nearly 50 other higher education organizations are advocating for Congress to expand federal investments in Fiscal Year 2022 to adequately support critical programs serving students, institutions, and researchers. Read More News June 14, 2021 Higher Education Community Asks Congress to Support Funding Levels Needed to Serve Students, Institutions News June 14, 2021 The Senate has passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a bipartisan effort to authorize funding for the National Science Foundation that also contains a range of provisions aimed at tightening security on research activities. Read More News June 14, 2021 Senate Passes Bill to Authorize Funding for Technology, Science and Research, Tighten Security on Research Podcast June 3, 2021 Hosts Jon Fansmith and Mushtaq Gunja talk with Rep. John Sarbanes about the For the People Act, a comprehensive election reform bill that could have an impact on how colleges register voters, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Read More Podcast June 3, 2021 Episode 44: Where Is Congress on Student Voter Access and Public Service Loan Forgiveness?