Legislative Tracker Archive: Campus-Based Programs

Legislative TrackerOn this page, you'll find previous 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.

 

115th Session of Congress (2017-2018)

 

Aim Higher Act
HR 6543 Sponsor:
Rep. Scott (D-VA)
Co-Sponsors:
57 (0 R; 57 D)
Introduced:
7/26/2018 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The Aim Higher Act is a comprehensive Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bill with notable changes to the federal student aid programs. 
 
Students Helping Young Students Act
HR 6036 Sponsor:
Rep. Carson (D-IN)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
6/7/2018 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would add a work-study program for off-campus community service at selected after-school locations. The federal share for work-study awards under this program would be allowed to exceed 75 percent.
 
Opportunities for Success Act
HR 5312 Sponsor:
Rep. Bonamici (D-OR) 
Co-Sponsors:
1 (0 R; 1 D)
Introduced:
3/15/2018 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would make a number of changes to the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program. The bill would increase funding authorization levels and would revise the program's allocation formula by phasing out the "base guarantee" component in the current formula over five years. The bill would also set aside funds for "improved institutions" based on success of Pell Grant recipients. The bill would eliminate the community service requirement and emphasize Job Location and Development (JLD) programs. 
 
PROSPER Act
HR 4508 Sponsor:
Rep. Foxx (R-NC) 
Co-Sponsors:
1 (1 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
12/1/2017 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act is a comprehensive Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bill with notable changes to the federal student aid programs. 
Status: 12/13/2017: Passed House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce
 
Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act
HR 2482 Sponsor:
Rep. Stefanik (R-NY) 
Co-Sponsors:
237 (46 R; 191 D)
Introduced:
5/17/2017 
S. 1808 Sponsor:
Sen. Baldwin (D-WI)
Co-Sponsors:
19 (4 R; 15 D)
Introduced:
9/14/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would extend the Federal Perkins Loan Program for two additional years, thereby moving its authorization expiration from September 30, 2017, to September 30, 2019. Supported by NASFAA, the bill is a simple two-year extension of the previous extension of the program in 2015, meaning graduate and professional students will regain eligibility for a year before becoming ineligible again the following year.
 
College for All Act
S. 806 Sponsor:
Sen. Sanders (I-VT)
Co-Sponsors:
7 (0 R; 7 D)
Introduced:
4/3/2017
HR 1880 Sponsor:
Rep. Pramila (D-WA) 
Co-Sponsors:
35 (0 R; 35 D)
Introduced:
4/4/2017 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This comprehensive piece of legislation would create a grant program to states to eliminate tuition at public 4-year colleges and universities and tribal colleges for students from any family making $125,000 or less. The bill would cut interest rates and impose an interest rate cap of 5% for undergraduate borrowers and 8.25% for graduate and parent borrowers, while also allowing borrowers to refinance loans at the current interest rates. Any excess revenue in the Direct Loan Program would be redirected into the Pell Grant Program. The bill would also increase Federal Work Study (FWS) authorized funding levels and revise the FWS allocation formula by eliminating the "base guarantee" component in the current formula. In addition, TRIO and GEAR UP would see increases to authorized funding levels. 

 

114th Session of Congress (2016-2017)

 

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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