House Democrats Introduce Legislation on College Affordability and Graduate Education

On September 15, House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) and Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee Chair Frederica Wilson (D-FL) introduced the Lowering Obstacles to Achievement Now (LOAN) Act. If passed, the bill would provide significant investments to graduate education building on President Biden’s Student Debt Relief Plan. Read more.

CGS Guiding Principles and Policy Priorities

CGS posted its “Guiding Principles and Policy Priorities on Federal Student Loans and Financial Aid for Graduate Education.” Many of CGS’ priorities align with provisions found in the LOAN Act. Read more

CGS Releases International Graduate Admissions Survey

This week CGS released its annual International Graduate Admissions Survey for Fall 2021. Since 2004, CGS has conducted a multi-year empirical examination of international graduate application, admission, and enrollment trends. Read more 

CGS Joins Comment Letter on Title IX

The Council of Graduate Schools and nearly 50 higher education organizations submitted public comments regarding the Department of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Title IX. Read more

Funding Opportunity Open for Minerva Initiative University Research Grants

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is interested in receiving proposals for the Minerva Research Initiative. The initiative funds social science research by universities, with awarded projects funded for at least three years. Estimated total program funding is $15 million, with applications closing on February 9, 2023. Read more

DOE Announces Awards for EPSCoR Projects

This week the Department of Energy announced $21 million for projects through the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The new projects are distributed to colleges and universities in 18 states and Puerto Rico and span a wide range of energy research topics. Read more

CGS Joins Letter Regarding Visa Processing of International Students

On September 15, CGS and 14 organizations sent a letter thanking the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs for the efforts made to ensure efficient visa processing during the COVID-19 pandemic and urging them to make these policies and processes permanent. Read more