Legislative Tracker Archive: Campus-Based Programs

Legislative TrackerOn 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.

 

Students Helping Young Students Act
HR 1574 Sponsor:
Rep. Carson (D-IN, 7)
Co-Sponsors:
4 (0 R; 4 D)
Introduced:
3/24/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would add after-school programs to the list of eligible uses of Federal Work Study (FWS) dollars.

 

College for All Act
S. 1373 Sponsor:
Sen. Sanders (I-VT)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
5/19/2015
HR 4385 Sponsor:
Rep. Grayson (D-FL, 9)
Co-Sponsors:
2 (0 R; 2 D)
Introduced:
1/13/2016
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The comprehensive legislation would create a grant program to states to eliminate tuition at public 4-year colleges and universities. The bill would cut interest rates and impose a cap of 8.25% and allow borrowers to refinance loans at the current interest rates. The bill would also expand Federal Work Study (FWS) and create a pilot program to assess the need to complete the FAFSA annually. The budgetary offset comes from imposing certain taxes and fees on stocks, bonds, and derivatives.

 

Expressing support for the continuation of the Perkins Loan Program.
H. Res. 294 Sponsor:
Rep. Messer (R-IN, 6)
Co-Sponsors:
60 (15 R; 45 D)
Introduced:
6/3/2015
S. Res. 267 Sponsor:
Sen. Baldwin (D-WI)
Co-Sponsors:
28 (6 R; 22 D)
Introduced:
9/25/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: Both the House Resolution and the Senate Resolution encourage Congress to work to reauthorize the Perkins Loan Program.

 

Higher Education Extension Act of 2015
HR 3594 Sponsor:
Rep. Bishop (R-MI, 8)
Co-Sponsors:
17 (9 R; 8 D)
Introduced:
9/25/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This legislation extends the Perkins Loan Program for an additional year. Furthermore, the bill extends the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance and the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality Integrity. The measure cleared the House of Representatives on September 28. Sen. Alexander (R-TN) blocked its consideration in the Senate.
Status: 9/28/2015: Passed House of Representatives

 

Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2015
HR 3594 Sponsor:
Sen. Alexander (R-TN)
Co-Sponsors:
6 (4 R; 2 D)
Introduced:
12/16/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill, which comes nearly three months after the September 30 expiration of the program, would (1.) eliminate Perkins loan eligibility for new graduate students beginning in the 2016-17 year; (2.) require schools to award all subsidized and unsubsidized Direct loans prior to awarding Perkins for new undergraduate Perkins borrowers; and (3.) end all Perkins loan authority effective September 30, 2017, thereby discontinuing any grandfathering beyond that date.
Status: 12/18/2015: Signed into law by President Obama

 

Perkins Loan Program Inflation Adjustment Act
HR 6444 Sponsor:
Rep. Meng (D-NY, 6)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
12/6/2016
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would require the Secretary of Education to annually adjust annual and aggregate Perkins Loan limits for inflation.

 

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