President Biden Delivers Second State of the Union Address

On February 7, President Biden delivered his second State of the Union Address to the 118th U.S. Congress. In his address, President Biden emphasized the importance of making higher education more affordable by reducing student debt and increasing Pell Grants for working- and middle-class families, as well as tackling the mental health crisis. Read more.

House Education Committee Hearing on American Education in Crisis

On February 8, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held its first hearing of the 118th Congress. The title of the hearing was American Education in Crisis. Read more

Legislation Introduced to Expand Pell Grant Eligibility to Grad Students

On February 9, Representatives. Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) introduced the Pell to Grad Act. Key provisions of the legislation include extending students’ lifetime Pell Grant eligibility to 16 semesters from the current 12 semesters and allowing students who have received a Pell Grant award during their undergraduate education to utilize their remaining Pell eligibility towards their first graduate degree. Read more 

CGS Submits Public Comments to Department of Education

This week CGS submitted public comment regarding the Department of Education’s proposed changes to the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) plan. Read more

Department of Education Releases Data Showing Relief Funds Kept Millions of College Students Enrolled in School

New data by the Department of Education estimates that more than 18 million students received direct financial aid under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) since the start of 2021. Read more

DOE Office of Science Accepting Applications for Graduate Student Research Program

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced that they are accepting applications for the Graduate Student Research program. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics careers by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. Read more

Applications Open for Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

This week the Department of Education issued a notice inviting applications for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship program. The program provides opportunities for doctoral students to engage in dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Read more