The House Education and Labor Committee plans to hold five bipartisan hearings on higher education, marking the “formal start” of an effort the reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) in the 116th Congress.
The law, passed in 1965, authorizes a number of federal student aid programs and sets aid eligibility requirements for colleges. Intended to be reauthorized every five years, it expired in 2013 and has been extended since then.
The committee “will consider a comprehensive Higher Education Act reauthorization that puts a quality and affordable higher education within reach for every student,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, R-Va., the committee’s chairman in a statement.
The hearings will help the committee to develop “bold solutions that are supported by evidence and research on higher education,” Scott said.