Legislative Tracker Archive: Graduate Students

Legislative Tracker On this page, you'll find proposals that effect graduate students, including funding, grants, program changes. Use these links to jump to a specific session of Congress. 

117th Session of Congress

H.R.4631 — POST GRAD Act

Sponsor: Rep. Chu [D-CA]
Cosponsors: 22 (22D; 0R)
Introduced: 07/22/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would allow students pursuing postgraduate education to once again receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans. Prior to the enactment of the Budget Control Act of 2011, graduate students were eligible to receive these types of loans and this bill would restore that eligibility. 

116th Session of Congress

S.3219 / H.R.5104 - Respect Graduate Student Workers Act

Sponsor: Rep. Pocan [D-WI]
Cosponsors: 3 (3D; 0R)
Introduced: 11/14/2019
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders [D-VT]
Cosponsors: 0 (0D; 0R)
Introduced: 1/21/2020
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would include graduate student works in the definition of an employee under the National Labor Relations Act, granting them all the rights and responsibility that the Act provides.

H.R.4422 - Fellowships to Prepare the Next Generation of Teachers Act

Sponsor: Rep. Norcross [D-NJ]
Cosponsors: 2 (2D; 0R)
Introduced: 9/19/2019
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: The Fellowships to Prepare the Next Generation of Teachers Act would create a grant program for graduate students who are preparing to become elementary or secondary school science, technology, engineers, math, special education or ESL teachers. Each recipient of the grant would be required to teach for 1 year at an institute of higher education that has a teacher preparation program for each year they received the fellowship grant. If the recipient fails to complete their teaching requirements, any grant amount received will be converted to a Federal Unsubsidized loan.

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Publication Date: 2/15/2023

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