Federal Relations

March 19, 2015

House Budget Bill — Update

After a marathon markup that ran late into the evening, the House Republicans passed the bill out of the Budget Committee along a party line vote this morning. Late last night, the House Republican caucus seemed sharply divided between defense hawks and those committed to cutting spending. According to an analysis from the Committee for Education Funding,

March 18, 2015

Senate Introduces Budget Resolution

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced the Senate Budget today, whihc differs in big ways from a House GOP blueprint introduced yesterday. Both aim to balance the budget (the Senate in 10 years, the House in nine) and both cut over $5 billion in spending (the Senate cuts $5.1 trillion and the House would cut

Tyler Clementi Bill Reintroduced

Today, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced the anti-harassment bill named for Tyler Clementi, the late Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide after being bullied over his sexual orientation. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2015 requires colleges to establish policies to prohibit harassment based on race,

March 10, 2015

POTUS Announces Student Aid Bill of Rights

Today, President Barack Obama plans to unveil a “Student Aid Bill of Rights” designed to allow everyone to access and pay for quality higher education at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. An accompanying Presidential Memorandum contains several directives to federal agencies that officials say will make loan repayment easier and more equitable. While details are not fully known,

March 2, 2015

ED Accepting Applications for Fulbright-Hays

The 2015 grant competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant Program (DDRA) has begun! DDRA provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. Who may apply: Institutions of Higher Education Graduate

February 24, 2015

Senate Considers Reducing Red Tape for Colleges

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on smarter federal regulations for colleges and universities. In November of 2013, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) appointed the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education. Sixteen college presidents and CEOs were charged with reviewing

February 9, 2015

House to Mark Up ESEA

Today, the House Education and Workforce committee announced they will markup HR 5, the Student Success Act on Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 am. Chairman Kline and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the Student Success Act this month. The Senate has announced that they are taking a bipartisan approach to crafting the ESEA and

January 30, 2015

Pell Grant Levels Announced

The Department of Education announced the maximum Pell grant levels for 2015-2016 today. The agency said the maximum award amount will be $5,775, which is an increase of $45 over the 2014-2015 award maximum. The amount is affected by the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), which was incorporated as part of Public Law 111-152.

January 28, 2015

Senate HELP Committee Approves Education Research Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved S227, the Strengthening Educational through Research Act, which would reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act (ERSA). A nearly identical measure was passed by the full House and the Senate HELP Committee last year but, unfortunately, was not considered by the full Senate for approval

January 20, 2015

State of The Union

Tonight at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific, President Obama is scheduled to give his 6th State of the Union address to Congress. The White House has been previewing certain initiatives, such as two years of free community college and paid sick leave, in advance of the speech tonight. Tonight, however, the crux of his speech is

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