On this page, you'll find proposals that modify the existing campus-based aid programs, which include the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), and the Federal Perkins Loan program.
For campus-based aid proposals from the previous sessions of Congress, visit the Legislative Tracker Archive: Campus-Based Programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Courtney [D-CT]
Cosponsors: 369 (200D; 169R)
Became Law: 3/27/2020
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, represents a compromise between Senate Republicans and Democrats for COVID-19 relief. The bill allocates nearly $14 billion to higher education in the Emergency Stabilization Fund. 90% of that will be allocated to institutions based 75% on the enrollment of full-time equivalent (FTE) Pell Grant recipients and 25% on enrollment of FTE non-Pell Grant recipients. Students who were enrolled exclusively in online, distance education courses prior to the COVID-19 emergency will be excluded from this calculation. Under the CARES Act, the non-federal share requirements of the Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs would be waived for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 award years in cases where the non-federal share is paid by the institution. The bill would also allow institutions to transfer up to 100% of FWS funds into FSEOG during a period of a qualifying emergency. The bill grants ED the authority to exclude from subsidized loan usage calculations any portions of the Direct Loan period that the student is unable to complete due to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as allows ED to exclude from a student's Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) any Pell Grant amounts received during a period that the student is unable to complete due to this qualifying emergency. The bill allows ED to waive the return of Title IV funds (R2T4) requirements for schools or students to return unearned grant or loan assistance for students who withdrew because of COVID-19 and allows for the cancelation for the portion of a Direct Loan associated with a payment period which the student did not complete due to COVID-19. The bipartisan proposal suspends payments and interest accrual on federal Direct Loans and Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) held by ED until Sept. 30, 2020. The bill also counts each month of suspended loan payments as if the borrower had made a payment for the purpose of income-driven repayment plan loan forgiveness or Public Service Loan Forgiveness, as well as for loan rehabilitation purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Khanna [D-CA]
Cosponsors: 1 (0D; 1R)
NASFAA Summary: This bill would create a new grant program that would help to establish apprenticeships between institutions of higher education and employers. Students participating in the apprenticeships would be eligible to earn college credits as well as get paid for their work. Employers involved in the partnership should pay at least 25 percent of the student's tuition and fees. The bill would also revise the FWS program to include apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Neguse [D-CO]
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan [D-NH]
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This will would create a competency-based education (CBE) demonstration project that would allow institutions, selected by the Department of Education (ED), to request a waiver of, or flexibility on, certain statutory and regulatory requirements in order for them to award Title IV aid under a CBE model. ED would be required to conduct outreach to institutions eligible to take part in the program. The bill would also create a CBE council which would be charged with conducting a study on ongoing innovation and development of CBE programs, as well as make recommendations to Congress that would update standard definitions and/or address the metrics of a CBE program.
Sponsor: Rep. Morelle [D-NY]
Cosponsors: 6 (5D; 1R)
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: The Campus Act would create a matching Emergency Financial Aid Grant program, with the Federal share being a maximum of 50% of the program. The grant would be available to students facing financial challenges during their course of study due to situations such as, loss of employment, child care, or housing, food insecurity, death of a parent or guardian, or a medical condition.
Sponsor: Rep. Castro [D-TX]
Cosponsors: 2 (1D; 1R)
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would amend the federal work study program to include child development and early learning as community service eligible opportunities.
Sponsor: Rep. Davidson [R-OH]
Cosponsors: 6 (4D; 2R)
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The bipartisan Educational Opportunity and Success Act of 2019 would adjust TRIO eligibility criteria to align with FAFSA requirements so that students' FAFSA information can be used to determine TRIO eligibility. For example, Pell eligibility would be used as a marker for to determine TRIO income eligibility.
Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY)
Co-Sponsors: 3 (3 R; 0 D)
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow students to work full-time hours in a work-study position and would impose restrictions on the nature of all work performed under the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. The bill would add a new requirement, applicable to all FWS employment, that all work performed under FWS must comply with the requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which took effect in 2016.
Publication Date: 4/21/2020