Legislative Tracker: Quality & Accountability

Legislative Tracker LogoOn this page, you'll find proposals that seek to improve institutional quality and/or look to hold institutions or individuals responsible for their actions or performance. In addition, this page includes legislation regarding accreditation and matters related to the Department of Education, including structure and regulatory activity.


*NEW* S.1719 — Fast Track To and Through College Act

Sponsor: Sen. Hassan [D-NH]
Cosponsors: 1 
Introduced: 05/19/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would increase rates of college completion and reduce college costs by accelerating time to degree, aligning secondary and postsecondary education, and improving postsecondary credit transfer. More specifically, this bill would establish a competitive grant program for states to create a comprehensive early college strategy that aligns secondary and postsecondary course work, improves postsecondary credit transfer, and allows federal Pell Grants to cover dual-enrollment costs for low-income students enrolled in a fast track program.

*NEW* H.R.2700 — For-Profit College Conversion Accountability Act

Sponsor: Rep. McBath [D-GA]
Cosponsors: 2
Introduced: 04/20/2021 
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill outlines the process and strengthens accountability measures for converting a proprietary (for-profit) institution of higher education to a nonprofit institution of higher education.

H.R.2106 — To terminate the Department of Education.

Sponsor: Rep. Rouzer [R-NC]
Cosponsors: 1
Introduced: 03/19/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would terminate the Department of Education. 

H.R.2048/S.848 — Consider Teachers Act of 2021

Sponsor: Del. Norton Holmes [D-DC]
Cosponsors: 0
Introduced: 03/18/2021
Sponsor: Sen. Braun [R-IN]
Cosponsors: 3
Introduced: 03/18/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would create a process for TEACH grant recipients to initiate a “reconsideration of conversation decision”, in the case that their TEACH grant was turned into a federal loan because the Department of Education determined that the recipient failed to comply with the TEACH service obligation. If the conversion to a loan was completed unjustly, the bill requires that ED reinstate the recipients grant, discharge any fees or interest that may have accumulated, refund any loan payments made, or apply those payments to other outstanding direct loans if applicable, and request that consumer reporting agencies remove any negative credit reporting. The bill would also extend the service obligation time period to 8 years for recipients who had their grants changed to loans unfairly. 

H.R.1912 — Keep College Students Learning Act

Sponsor: Rep. Davis [R-IL]
Cosponsors: 0
Introduced: 03/16/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would allow students who are set to attend college in the upcoming semester and who are received a scholarship or financial aid from that college, to have the ability to hold off on attending for up to an academic year if that college is not offering in-person instruction at the same levels as the Fall 2019 semester, and keep their aid for when the student does return to campus for in-person classes. 

H.R.1222/S.383 — POST Act of 2021

Sponsor: Rep. Cohen [D-TN] 
Cosponsors: 3
Introduced: 02/23/2021
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin [D-IL]
Cosponsors: 9
Introduced: 02/23/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would prohibit for-profit colleges and universities from receiving more than 85 percent of their revenue from the federal government and change the calculation of federal revenue to include all federal funds, including Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill and Department of Defense Tuition Assistance benefits.

H.R.899 — To terminate the Department of Education.

Sponsor: Rep. Massie [R-KY]
Cosponsors: 8
Introduced: 02/05/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would terminate the Department of Education. 


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Publication Date: 7/12/2021

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