Federal policy

Starting In on the Higher Ed Act

A House panel approves bills on graduate and international education, beginning formal work on the massive federal law.

Budget Bill Advances in House

Appropriations Committee endorses $50 increase in Pell maximum and minuscule boost for NIH.

Report Finds No Religious Bias at Air Force Academy

But cadets and professors failed to "fully accommodate" beliefs of non-Christians, review panel concludes.

House Holds Firm on Tight Budget

In passing spending measure for student aid and NIH, lawmakers approve permanent end to lender loophole.

Senate Passes Bill to Finance Cultural Endowments

NEH would receive $143 million and NEA $131 million in 2006, up $5 million each.

Failed Attempt at Easing Study in Cuba

U.S. House rejects amendment that would have undermined year-old Treasury Department rules.

Possible Breakthrough on Loan Consolidation

Republican leader proposes giving borrowers a choice of fixed or variable interest rates, but plan offers few details.

Stopping a Lender Subsidy, Permanently

House GOP leaders and Bush administration agree to end 9.5% rate for some loans -- belatedly, Democrats say.

Training Tomorrow's Doctors, For Now

Growing up in a moderate income area near San Diego, Arnold Cuenca had an interest in and aptitude for science in high school. But as he contemplated potential careers, he, like most of his peers, was encouraged to enter the military or take a job right out of high school -- paths most of his peers chose. His mom was a nurse, though, and that got him thinking about being a doctor.

"Other than my mom, I had nothing to encourage me to become a health professional -- I didn't know what medicine was," says Cuenca.

House Dives In to the Higher Ed Act

Debate is intense over for-profit colleges, but decisions on many issues are forestalled.

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