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September 28, 2015

Perkins Extension Passes House, Still In Danger

The House has passed by voice vote, HR 3594, a measure which would extend the Perkins program for a year until it may be fully considered with the impending Higher Education Act reauthorization, which is expected this fall and spring. The Perkins program would expire on September 30th without the extension. The Perkins program is…


September 24, 2015

Perkins Deal Reached

The House and Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the Perkins program, which is set to expire in less than one week. On the House side, Reps. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced bi-partisan legislation extending the authorization of the Perkins Loan Program, which is similar to a measure the duo introduced in…


September 14, 2015

College Scorecard Back in Spotlight

Over the weekend, the Obama Administration had two major announcements for higher ed, first the new College Scorecard and the inclusion of Prior Prior Year for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). College Scorecard The Administration launched their new College Scorecard, which rather than rank colleges as previously attempted, incorporates numbers new data points…


September 3, 2015

House Education and Workforce Chairman Kline To Retire

House Committee on Education and Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) has announced he will not see re-election in 2016. Kline was first elected in 2002. Last election he won his district by 17 points, but the district was carried by Obama in the previous two presidential elections, making it a hotly contested area. Kline has been…


July 27, 2015

ED Secretary Duncan Outlines HEA Agenda

At a speech today at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Education Secretary Arne Duncan outlined the Administration’s priorities for a higher education reauthorization.The bulk of the remarks focused on affordability, which has been a focus for the Obama Administration for nearly his whole tenure. Secretary Duncan reiterated the dual goals of paying for college…


July 20, 2015

Senate Hearing on HEA

The Senate will be holding a hearing on the HEA this Wednesday entitled Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Exploring Barriers and Opportunities within Innovation. The hearing will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, July 22. Watch the hearing here. 


June 25, 2015

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY16 Labor-H

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed it’s FY16 Labor-H bill by a vote of 16-14. The Senate draft would cut spending from the 2015 enacted level by almost $4 billion to $153 billion and is $14.5 billion below President Barack Obama’s request. The bill would eliminate funding for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the 2010 health…


June 24, 2015

House Committee Passes FY16 Labor-H

The House Appropriations Committee passed it’s FY16 Labor-H bill by a vote of 30-21. The passage came after hours of debate during which Democrats bitterly criticized funding levels for domestic discretionary accounts and saw a series of their amendments defeated. The bill is $3.7 billion below fiscal 2015 enacted levels and $14.6 billion below President Barack Obama’s…


June 23, 2015

Senate Subcommittee Passes FY16 Labor-H

The Senate Appropriations Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Labor Subcommittee considered and passed their FY16 Labor-H bill today. While the Senate version has a higher discretionary amount than the House version, which will need to be worked out in conference. Education Funding The Committee bill provides funding to increase the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,775…


June 17, 2015

Senate HELP Looks at Accreditation

The Senate HELP Committee is holding a hearing today on accreditation’s role in ensuring quality and how that  fits into the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The committee will hear from Peter Ewell, vice president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Thomas Edison State College President George Pruitt, and Albert Gray, president and CEO…



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