Legislative Tracker: Student Aid Funding

Legislative Tracker Logo On this page, you'll find proposals for cuts or increases to the levels at which various student financial aid programs are funded through the federal budget process, outlined on NASFAA's overview of the Federal Budget Process. In addition, proposals to modify the budget process and new sources of federal funding for higher education or proposals for new federal student aid programs can be found on this page. 

S.3794 — Emergency Grant Aid for College Students Act

Sponsor: Sen. Smith [D-MN]
Cosponsors: 2 (2D; 0R)
Introduced: 03/10/2022
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would authorize a grant program to provide emergency grants to college students to help them get through unanticipated emergencies that too often cause students to drop out of college.  These grants would be administered by their campus and unlike a student loan, would not need to be repaid.

H.R.6723 — Gateway to Careers Act of 2022

Sponsor: Rep. Adams [D-NC]
Cosponsors: 9 (9D; 0R)
Introduced: 02/15/2022
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would create a competitive grant program to develop and implement career pathways, and provide student support services that are identified by institutions as most beneficial to their students’ academic success. Some of the support services these grants could cover are childcare, transportation support, substance abuse treatment, career-pathway navigation services, and emergency grants for financial hardships.


H.R.6669/S.3605 — Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2022

Sponsor: Rep. Davis [D-IL]
Cosponsors: 1 (1D; 0R)
Introduced: 02/09/2022) 
Sponsor: Sen. Casey [D-PA]
Cosponsors: 3 (3D; 0R)
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would invest $150 million a year in states, tribes and territories to establish or expand statewide initiatives to assist foster and homeless youth in enrolling in and graduating from college.


H.R.3857/ S.2004 — Basic Assistance for Students In College Act

Sponsor: Rep. Torres [D-CA]
Cosponsors: 0
Sponsor: Sen. Alex Padilla [D-CA]
Cosponsors: 3 (3D)
Introduced: 06/11/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would set up data sharing between several federal agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services. This data would be used in order to provide college students with better access and knowledge of federally funded programs to support basic needs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Social Security Income, Medicaid, Federal housing, child care assistance, etc. 

H.R.2861/S.1396 — America's College Promise Act of 2021

Sponsor: Rep. Levin [D-MI] 
Cosponsors: 3
Introduced: 04/28/2021
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin [D-WI]
Cosponsors: 9
Introduced: 04/27/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would create federal-state partnerships that aim to provide two years of tuition-free access to community or technical college programs and tuition and fee grant aid for two years at an eligible four-year HBCU or MSI.


H.R.2804/S.1263 — Debt-Free College Act of 2021

Sponsor: Rep. Pocan [D-WI]
Cosponsors: 19
Introduced: 04/22/2021
Sponsor: Sen. Schatz [D-HI]
Cosponsors: 8
Introduced: 04/21/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would establish state-federal partnership grant programs to allow students to attain higher education at in-state public higher education institutions without debt and to provide Federal Pell Grant eligibility to DREAMer students. In essence, the bill would provide states with a dollar-for-dollar federal match in exchange for the money they use to fund students' cost of attendance without having to take out loans.

H.R.2730/S.1288 — College for All Act

Sponsor: Rep. Jayapal [D-WA]
Cosponsors: 34
Introduced: 04/21/2021
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders [I-VT]
Cosponsors: 8
Introduced: 04/21/2021
NASFAA Summary & Analysis: This bill would guarantee tuition-free community college for all students, and allow students from families earning under $125,000 a year to attend public colleges and universities tuition-free and debt-free, as well as double the maximum Pell Grant award. The bill would also triple federal TRIO and double GEAR UP funding.

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Publication Date: 4/20/2022

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