The Higher Education Act (HEA), first passed in 1965, provides a range of federal resources to colleges and universities, as well as financial assistance to students across the country. Authorization for the HEA expired at the end of 2013, and in 2014, leaders in Congress began work toward reauthorization of this important federal law.
In June 2014, the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), released draft legislation to reauthorize the HEA. That same month, House Republicans released their priorities for HEA reauthorization.
The NEC Higher Education Committee has developed a set of principles outlining Council’s priorities as Congress considers HEA reauthorization. Top priorities include increased financial aid, simplification in reporting for schools, simplification of the financial aid system for student, and support for alternative learning models. The principles were submitted to the Senate HELP Committee as comments on the draft legislation on August 28, 2014.