But AccessLex Institute is ensuring the priorities of graduate and professional students are heard on Capitol Hill, and their needs are reflected in federal policy. In anticipation of future movement on HEA reauthorization, we are releasing policy recommendations that focus on simplifying the overly complex student loan system, promoting greater access to graduate and professional education, and improving comprehensive federal higher education data.
Specific recommendations include:
- increasing affordability and access to graduate and professional education by restructuring the federal student loan program;
- allowing the costs associated with preparing for professional licensure exams, such as the bar exam, to be paid using federal student loans;
- preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program;
- simplifying income-driven repayment plans;
- enabling a student-level data system to provide consumers with better information on student outcomes and program costs;
- allowing graduate and professional schools to require additional loan counseling.
The upcoming AccessLex Graduate & Professional Financial Aid Conference will allow you to hear more about AccessLex Institute’s recommendations for graduate and professional education, as well as insights from other higher education organizations.
For more information, please contact Nancy Conneely, Director of Policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.