Higher Education Act
The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) authorizes the federal government's major student aid programs, as well as aid to institutions and other initiatives. The act was most recently reauthorized in August 2008 as the Higher Education Opportunity Act. CLASP advocates for policies that will increase postsecondary access and success for nontraditional and low-income students, including working adults and older youth.
Comments to Congress on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
In the summer/fall of 2013, the House and Senate began a series of committee hearings on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. CLASP's comments to the House and Senate can be found below.
- Recommendations to the House of Representatives on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (08/2013)
- Comments in response to the Senate HELP hearing, Attaining a Quality Degree: Innovations to Improve Student Success (11/2013)
- Comments in response to the House Education and Workforce Hearing, Keeping College within Reach: Sharing Best Practices for Serving Low-Income and First Generation Students (01/2014)
- Engaging HEA as a Tool to Address the Needs of Non-Traditional Students: CLASP Recommendations for HEA Reauthorization (08/2015)
Analyses of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008
- Congress Expands Student Aid and Supports Innovation in Student Success, Basic Skills and Workforce Partnerships (11/2008)
- A Strong Step for Students: House Higher Education Bill Promotes Innovation and Student Success (02/2008)
In 2013, as part of the Gates Foundation's Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery initiative, CLASP laid out a detailed proposal to better streamline and target tax-based student aid to low-income students and use performance metics to improve student college choices and completion in our white paper, Reforming Student Aid: How to Simplify Tax Aid and Use Performance Metrics to Improve College Choices and Completion.