HEA Resources

Resources for the Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Congress last reauthorized the Higher Education Act, the law with primary responsibility for determining the federal role in higher education, in 2008. A decade later, the House of Representatives and the Senate continue their work to reauthorize this law. 

Below includes the priorities, responses, and summaries of various HEA reauthorization by Congress.

116th Congress

Letter to Members of the Senate on Ways to Empower Students of Color - Letter sent by NCAN to Sens. Cortez Masto, Harris, Jones, and Warren submitting suggestions for the most effective ways to support students of color and make higher education more equitable for all students.

House Education Committee Chair Shares Vision for Comprehensive Higher Ed Reform - Summary of Feb 7, 2019 speech from Rep. Bobby Scott on his priorities and approach to reauthorizing HEA.

Senate Education Committee Chair’s Reform Priorities: FAFSA, Loan Repayment, Accountability - Summary of Feb 4, 2019 speech from Sen. Lamar Alexander outlining his priorities for HEA reauthorization.

115th Congress

Priorities for Higher Education Act Reauthorization - Submitted to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in response to an open call for request, February 23, 2018.

NCAN Member Testifies at Senate Hearing on Aid Simplification - Blog post covering NCAN Member uAspire's testimony to the U.S. Senate, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on financial aid simplification. 

Bipartisan Senate Hearing Finds Agreement on Need to #FixFAFSA - Blog post covering the U.S. Senate, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on FAFSA simplification. Also see NCAN's brief submitted to the Congressional record at the hearing. 

Formal Response to PROSPER Act - Letter sent to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) in response to her proposal to reauthorize HEA.

NCAN Blog Series on the Prosper Act:

Summary of the Aim Higher Act (H.R. 6543) , the House Democrats' proposal to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act