"House Republicans finalized a legislative proposal to overhaul the Higher Education Act – the mammoth federal law through which the entire student financial aid system is run – late Tuesday evening after a 14-hour marathon committee debate over the details of the bill," according to U.S. News & World Report.
"The final vote, 23-17, along party lines, advances the proposal, known as the PROSPER Act, to the full House for a vote.
The bill would overhaul entirely the existing law by streamlining the student aid system, eliminating various regulations and elevating post-secondary programs that offer professional certificates and job training.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies during a hearing before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee May 24, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
DeVos Calls for 'Major Shift' In Higher Education
'When members of this committee set out not just to reauthorize, but to reform higher education policy, we knew this would be a long and difficult process,' said Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. and chairwoman of the House Education and Workforce Committee. 'But we also knew that reforms approved by the committee in the PROSPER Act would ultimately foster a higher education system that works for the students and families of today and tomorrow.'
...Moreover, higher education associations are lukewarm on the proposal. Dozens of organizations, including the Association of American Universities, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the American Association of Community Colleges and others, have voiced their opposition to various parts of the bill."
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Publication Date: 12/14/2017