Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act and DETERRENT Act Removed From Defense Bill

By Maria Carrasco, NASFAA Staff Reporter

A pair of higher education-related amendments, concerning short-term Pell Grants and foreign gift reporting, have been removed from a defense bill that is being taken up by the House floor this week.

The House is currently considering the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was revised during a House Rules Committee markup on Tuesday to exclude two key higher education amendments from the underlying legislation — the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act and the Defending Education Transparency and Ending Rogue Regimes Engaging in Nefarious Transactions (DETERRENT) Act. 

Last week, NASFAA and other higher education organizations sent a letter to the House Rules Committee opposing efforts to add the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act and the DETERRENT Act to the NDAA. 

The organizations explained that they oppose the Bipartisan Workforce Pell Act due to a provision which would prohibit certain private institutions that are subject to an excise tax on investment income, also known as the endowment tax, from awarding federal student loans to eligible students. 

With the DETERRENT Act, the organizations said that while they appreciate the bill’s effort to amend foreign gift and contract reporting requirements for institutions, they warn lawmakers that the legislation, as written, could significantly harm institutions.


Publication Date: 6/13/2024

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