April 30, 2021

Higher Ed Policy Roundup: Vol. 5 - Issue 14

Policy and Advocacy


This Week in Washington

On Wednesday, the Biden Administration released the “American Families Plan,” which would provide $109 billion in funding for two years of free community college, increase the maximum Pell Grant award by $1,400, and subsidize tuition for low-income students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and minority-serving institutions.

News You Can Use

White House says review of whether the president has the authority to cancel student debt is ‘ongoing.’

Congress allocated  $35 billion for emergency grants for college students – here’s how it’s going.

Changes to Pell Grants could mean more eligible students, more money, more programs.

Recent Legislation

The following bills have been recently introduced for consideration by the 117th Congress (2021-2022):

S. 1396America’s College Promise Act [Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)] would create federal-state partnerships that provide two years of tuition-free access to community or technical college and establishes a new grant program to provide financial aid for two years at certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities or minority-serving institutions. A companion bill, H.R. 2861, was introduced in the House by Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI-9).

S. 1440 – [Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH)] would make technical corrections to the FAFSA Simplification Act.

H.R. 2874[Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO-5)] would direct the Secretary of Education to develop a plain language disclosure form for borrowers of Federal student loans.