This Week In Washington
Congress is in recess and will not be back in session until October 15.
Last week, Democratic lawmakers introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval seeking to overturn the Department of Education’s recently published Borrower Defense Rule. In support of the resolution, Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) stated that “the rule erects unnecessary barriers to students, exposes taxpayers to significant risk, and sends an alarming message that schools can cheat students out of a quality education and still reap the rewards of federal student aid.” To pass, the resolution would need a majority vote in both the House and the Senate.
On Monday, the Congressional Tri-Caucus, comprised of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, released their Higher Education Priorities for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Their recommendations include protecting the Grad Plus Loan program, reinstating graduate students’ eligibility for Subsidized Stafford Loans, allowing Pell Grants to be used for graduate education, and disaggregating undergraduate, graduate and professional school enrollment data by all racial groups, racial subgroups and ethnicities.
News You Can Use
A federal judge has ruled that Harvard University’s admission process, which uses race as a factor, is not discriminatory against Asian American applicants.
The Institute for College Access and Success released a report this week proposing a framework for a federal-state partnership that could increase college affordability.
The following bill(s) have been recently introduced for consideration by the 116th Congress (2019-2020):
H.R. 4567 – [Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY-6)] would amend the Higher Education Act to require the Secretary of Education to translate the FAFSA into foreign languages.
H.R. 4587 – Truth-in-Tuition Act [Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA-8)] would amend the Higher Education Act to require institutions of higher education to provide students with price models of tuition levels over the course of their studies.
H.R. 4590 – [Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL-7)] would amend the Higher Education Act to terminate capitalization of interest after forbearance and certain deferment periods.
H.R. 4596 – Student Loan Advocacy Act [Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) and Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-5)] would improve the services provided to students and other participants in the Federal student financial assistance programs and would establish a Borrower Advocate role within the Office of Federal Student Aid.