Congress/legislation

Senators Side With Students

With backers of budget bill framing choice starkly, lawmakers reject measure that would have softened cuts to loan providers.

The Evolving Higher Ed Act Bill

As Senate debates student aid measure, crackdown on illegal file sharing is softened and amendments fly on private loans and earmarks.

Unanimity in the Senate

Higher Education Act bill that would reshape student loan programs passes 95-0. But some aid experts question how much major elements would really help students.

Science Bill Ready for Passage

House and Senate negotiators reach compromise on measure authorizing increased research spending and new education programs.

Senate Scrutiny for Endowments

Committee's hearing touches on how much of universities' holdings get spent each year, how they invest in hedge funds and other tax-related issues.

Watch Out Whom You Invite to Speak ...

Or you may also invite the wrath of Congress. A House Republican seeks to cut off federal aid to Columbia University over speech by Iran's president.

The Federal Role in Biolab Oversight

GAO official and House subcommittee chairman cite dangers of adding more biodefense labs without increasing the capability to monitor them.

Bigger Tent for Minority-Serving Colleges

Just-passed law creates new federal categories (and provides new funds) for "predominantly black," Asian and Native American institutions, avoiding conflict inherent in previous proposals.

DREAM Act Vote on Tap

Senate leaders attempt to fast track measure to support undocumented students, as new research is released about state policies on in-state tuition eligibility.

The Possible New Pell Grant: $4,925

Congressional compromise would lift maximum grant by $125 more than $490 rise approved in budget act; NIH would receive $30 billion. Bush veto likely.

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