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White House Releases Vision for Higher Education Act Reform

March 18, 2019

The White House released their vision of what reforms should be made to the Higher Education Act (HEA) during the reauthorization of it in Congress.  It’s proposals within mirror the budget it also proposed just one week prior. Some of the major retooling includes: changing accreditation process to focus on outcomes; a significant cut for some student aid programs, while consolidating others; adapting the Federal Work Study program to focus more on career-oriented jobs and less on campus-based work; streamlining loan repayment processes; allowing Pell Grants for incarcerated students, as well as short-term programs; providing students and the public data to include program-level earnings and outcomes data. Conversations at the congressional level are currently ongoing and both the Senate and the House education committees have begun hearings on HEA reauthorization.  


Click here to read the full White House proposal.

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