Overview of the College Affordability Act 10.17.2019
The sweeping legislation would update the Higher Education Act for the first time in more than a decade at an estimated cost of $400 billion over 10 years. Read more.
House Democrats Unveil Comprehensive Overhaul of HEA 10.17.2019
AACRAO Executive Director Mike Reilly discusses the College Affordability Act. Read more.
House Democrats to Release HEA Proposal Next Week 10.9.2019
Those familiar with the discussions expect the bill to look similar to last year's Aim Higher Act, H.R. 6543. Read more.
Congressional Caucuses Outline Priorities for HEA Reauthorization 10.2.2019
The lists include increasing college accessibility and affordability, oversight of the higher education
system, and renewed support for minority serving institutions. Read more.
Alexander Unveils Narrow Package to Update HEA 10.2.2019
The proposal follows months of stalled efforts to reach a bipartisan deal for a comprehensive HEA reauthorization and illustrates
Sen. Alexander's urgency to pass major higher education legislation before he retires after next year. Read more.
Key Senator Considers Piecemeal Update to HEA 9.18.2019
Lamar Alexander is expected to introduce a piecemeal approach to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, after months of
stalled bipartisan talks. Read more.
AACRAO Advocates on Capitol Hill 6.27.2019
AACRAO Hill Day attendees connected with Congressional staff to share their practitioner perspective on how policy impacts their work on
a daily basis. Read more.
Congress Continues Work on HEA Reauthorization 5.13.2019
House panel discusses college non-completion and improving student outcomes; Senate education committee reportedly plans to
release draft rewrite by the end of the month. Read more.
Senate Panel Tackles Accountability in Higher Education 4.11.2019
Committee meets to discuss strengthening accountability as part of the chamber's efforts to reauthorize the Higher
Education Act. Read more.
Lawmakers Look to Strengthen Accountability in Higher Ed 4.3.2019
House panel holds hearing to discuss how to hold colleges accountable to students and taxpayers. Read more.
Senate Panel Reviews Colleges' Response to Campus Sexual Assaults 4.3.2019
Lawmakers examine the process for how institutions respond to sexual assaults on their campuses to ensure
student safety and rights. Read more.
DeVos Testifies at Senate Hearing on Proposed Education Budget 4.2.2019
Lawmakers press Education Secretary on backlog of student debt-relief claims, argue effort to overhaul higher
ed rules could hinder bipartisan negotiations on HEA reauthorization. Read more.
White House Outlines HEA Priorities 3.21.2019
Trump administration releases its first stand-along proposal for reforming higher education as Congress seeks to reauthorizing the Higher
Education Act. Read more.
Senate Education Committee Tackles FAFSA Simplification, Again 3.14.2019
Panel hosts hearing to discuss ways to simplify how students apply for federal financial aid as part of HEA
reauthorization. Read more.
House Education Committee Examines the Cost of College 3.14.2019
Lawmakers convene first of five hearings on reauthorizing HEA. Ahead of meeting, House Democrats release report outlining
their vision for updating the law, including arguments for the continued value of college. Read more.
Key Senate Democrat Outlines HEA Priorities 3.6.2019
Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate education committee, outlines her broad goals for overhauling federal higher
education policy. Read more.
House Committee Plans Bipartisan Hearings on Higher Ed 2.25.2019
Announcement marks the formal start of an effort to comprehensively update the Higher Education Act in the 116th Congress.
Higher Ed Experts Debate Likelihood of HEA Reauthorization This Year 2.12.2019
Congressional education committee chairmen discuss dueling visions for HEA overhaul. Panel of higher
ed experts expresses little confidence in passage of legislation in the near future. Read more.
Renewed Push to Overhaul HEA by 2020 2.5.2019
Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate education committee, lays out his vision for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act before
he retires. Serious differences with Democratic lawmakers remain. Read more.
Education Committees and Higher Ed in the 116th Congress 1.30.2019
Chairmen of both House and Senate education committees signal that a Higher Education Act renewal is possible this
year. Read more.
Sen. Lamar Alexander to Retire in 2020 12.18.2018
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the chamber's education committee, has previously stated that he would also like
to pass a comprehensive overhaul of higher education. His impending retirement could increase the likelihood of progress on the Higher Education Act reauthorization. Read more.