House Introduces Bill to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act
    October 17, 2019

    On October 15, the House Education and Labor Committee introduced the College Affordability Act, which proposes several changes to federal policy driving the delivery of higher education. “This marks an important step towards reauthorization of the Higher Education Act,” said Suzanne Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools. “CGS is committed to working with the committee to ensure that the legislation ultimately supports the pipeline of students and the workforce.” 

    Access, affordability, and quality are three themes the committee has outlined in the framework of the College Affordability Act. Of particular note, the bill includes a provision that allows students to allocate remaining semesters of Pell Grant support from their undergraduate studies towards a graduate degree -- a proposal CGS has long advocated. Additionally, the bill offers strengthened investments for programs and institutions that support students from diverse backgrounds and those historically underrepresented in graduate education.  CGS will continue to analyze the legislation and collaborate with the higher education community in providing feedback to policymakers on Capitol Hill.  


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