Congress/legislation

Unanimity in the Senate

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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

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

Senate Scrutiny for Endowments

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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 ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

A Gloomy Projection on Lender Profits

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Student loan industry experts consider implications for future in the wake of massive cuts to federal subsidies.

Molding the TEACH Grant Program

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Federal program to draw students into "high need" teaching fields troubles college leaders because grants will turn to loans if students get off track.

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