Higher Education Act Reauthorization

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HEA ChartWith the Higher Education Act (HEA) up for reauthorization, members of Congress have been busy introducing legislation to change and streamline federal financial aid processes. In this Higher Education Act Reauthorization Center, find in-depth analyses from NASFAA staff on key proposals set forth by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Scroll down to read the latest coverage of HEA reauthorization legislation.

Though a new session of Congress started in January 2015, proposals from the previous session are still relevant to the higher education debate, and many proposals have served as a foundation for new legislation. Legislation from the 114th Congress (2015-2017) can be found below with HEA-related legislation from the 113th Congress (2013-2015) to follow. 

See below for links to the text of reauthorization bills from the 114th Congress (2015-2017):

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See below for links to the text of reauthorization bills from the 113th Congress (2013-2015):

Senate Reauthorization Bills:     

House Reauthorization Bills:

In order to help you navigate the various proposals from the 113th Congress, NASFAA has developed a comparison chart that illustrates the similarities and differences between the draft legislation. 

NASFAA and its members have also been hard at work analyzing the HEA and potential new policies. Please read the Preliminary Report of the NASFAA Reauthorization Task Force, which was approved in June 2013 by the Board of Directors. If you have suggestions for additional areas where legislative change is needed, please send your ideas to policy@nasfaa.org.

For more detailed analysis of certain reauthorization-related student aid issues, please see some of the work of NASFAA policy task forces.

In addition to the articles below, also see the following background resources for more information:

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