Education & Labor Committee Passes College Affordability Act
    October 31, 2019

    On October 31, concluding a three-day markup to debate and offer amendments to the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), the House Education and Labor Committee passed the measure by a vote of 28-22. H.R. 4674 would make comprehensive changes in a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). A summary of certain provisions in the bill was included in the October 25 issue of Washington Insights & Highlights when it was first made available to the public. While CGS has not taken a position on the legislation in its entirety, the association sent a letter to the committee expressing support for some of these provisions that would expand access to graduate education. The association also joined a community letter led by the American Council on Education that further outlines support and concern in response to other aspects of the bill, such as proposed changes to Title IX and institutional accountability.


    Additional provisions that were ultimately added to the bill include a reinstatement of subsidized loans for graduate students as well as reauthorization of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program.


    While the committee’s approval of the bill marks a significant step on the path towards HEA reauthorization, it is not yet clear whether its counterpart in the Senate will achieve similar progress in constructing a comprehensive legislative package. CGS will continue to work with both chambers as the process unfolds.


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