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Opposition to for-profit exclusion from Pell increase continues

Stakeholders argue that there are more appropriate ways to hold for-profit institutions accountable than excluding their students from using the Build Back Better Act’s increase to the maximum Pell Grant.

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Higher ed funding continues to shrink in social spending bill

The Biden administration and congressional Democrats cut the Build Back Better Act in half, leaving many higher education investments behind but boosting the maximum Pell Grant and funding for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions.

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Congress hears solutions to campus food insecurity

Millions of college students face food insecurity, and while institutions have been doing what they can to help, it’s time for the federal government to step in, advocates say.

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Biden’s higher ed proposals begin to take shape in Congress

House Democrats packed lots of higher education investments into their proposal for the budget reconciliation bill -- including tuition-free community college -- but some of that funding wasn’t as high as advocates were hoping.

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Warren standoff could delay Department of Education actions

It’s not unusual for senators to hold up the confirmation of presidential nominees -- but it is unusual when the holdup comes from a member of the president’s own party.

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Appropriations bills include $272 million in higher education earmarks

Seven of the appropriations bills approved by the House committee include funding that would go directly to colleges and universities.

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House Appropriations funding for higher education aligns closely with Biden budget

Higher education organizations were generally pleased with the House Appropriations Committee’s draft spending bill, but several believe more could still be done. 

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Democrats introduce legislation to help students meet basic needs

As college students across the country face food and housing insecurity, Democrats in Congress are hoping to pass legislation that can help.

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Doubling the maximum Pell Grant is necessary, experts say, but is it attainable?

The value of the Pell Grant hasn’t kept up with the cost of college, making a substantial increase in the maximum award amount worthy of support from both sides of the aisle.

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Earmarks are making a comeback and higher education may benefit

Congressional committees are once again accepting proposed earmarks from lawmakers, and reforms to the controversial practice could be in higher education’s favor.

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