Congress/legislation

The Senate has a bipartisan proposal. What comes next?

The U.S. Senate education committee announced a bipartisan amendment that would permanently fund HBCUs and simplify the FAFSA. Its chances in the House are uncertain, and advocates disagree on whether an HEA authorization will follow.

Alexander blocks HBCU funding bill, proposes broader package of legislation

Tennessee Republican ties funding for minority-serving institutions to larger package of higher ed bills. But few observers expect deal to come together.

Lamar Alexander's decision to retire could add urgency to pass higher ed law

The chairman of the Senate education committee, planning retirement in 2020, could step up efforts to pass a new higher ed law in the next Congress.

Colleges push for more resources to support prison education programs

Prison education programs are thriving and enjoy bipartisan backing, but colleges say they could do more with federal and state funding.

Veterans' organizations oppose Republican higher education bill

Veterans’ organizations add their voices to the chorus of college groups opposing House Republicans’ overhaul of the Higher Education Act.

Higher ed would be central in a Clinton administration, but who would carry agenda in Congress?

As Election Day nears, it's uncertain who would lead the Senate committee that would handle key higher education legislation -- including a "free college" proposal if Hillary Clinton is elected -- in the next Congress.

White House plan to restore year-round Pell Grants and create a new bonus

The Obama administration wants to bring back year-round Pell Grants and create a $300 bonus for Pell recipients who take at least 15 credits per semester.

White House pivots to accountability and outcomes, and away from debt-free, in major Duncan speech

In major policy speech, Arne Duncan says student debt is only part of higher education's problem, and calls for renewed policy push on student success and return on investment. 

Oregon passes free community college bill as congressional Democrats introduce federal version

Obama's plan lives on, with newly proposed federal legislation. But the real action is happening in states and cities, most notably with Oregon following Tennessee's lead with a statewide version.

Community college experts welcome Obama's plan, with some reservations

Obama's free tuition plan is a hit among community college leaders, but some experts worry about details and whether the money could be more targeted.

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