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Information below reflects committee legislation from the 113th Congress (2013-2014).


The House Education and the Workforce Committee is currently working to reauthorize theHigher Education Act (HEA). To accomplish this goal, members have examined issues ranging from the accessibility gap to the simplification of the federal aid process. Below is information concerning the committee's efforts to reauthorize HEA and improve our nation's higher education system.


Legislation:


Committee Whitepaper: Strengthening America's Higher Education System

Fact Sheet: Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act
Bill Text: Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act
Fact Sheet: Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act
Bill Text: Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act
Fact Sheet: Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act
Bill Text: Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act
Fact Sheet: Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act
Bill Text: Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act  

Press Releases:

Kline Applauds Passage of Higher Ed Bill to Improve Student Financial Counseling
House Passes Legislation to Support Innovation, Strengthen Transparency in Higher Education
Moving in the Right Direction: Strengthening America’s Higher Education System 
Committee Advances Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Higher Education System
***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Consider Legislation to Strengthen America’s Higher Education System
Committee Members Introduce Legislation to Strengthen America’s Higher Education System
Committee Leaders Unveil Principles for Strengthening America’s Higher Education System

Committee Activity:


Kline Floor Statement: H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act
Kline Floor Statement: H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act 
Kline Statement: Markup of H.R. 3136, H.R. 4983, and H.R. 4984 
Markup, H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act
Markup, H.R. 4983, the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act
Markup, H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Meeting the Needs of Contemporary Students"
Hearing on “Exploring Efforts to Strengthen the Teaching Profession”
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Sharing Best Practices for Serving Low-Income and First Generation Students"
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Strengthening Pell Grants for Future Generations"
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Simplifying Federal Student Aid"
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Improving Access and Affordability through Innovative Partnerships"
Hearing on “Keeping College Within Reach: Supporting Higher Education Opportunities for America’s Servicemembers and Veterans"
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Improving Higher Education through Innovation"
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Program Quality through Accreditation"
Hearing on “Keeping College Within Reach: Enhancing Transparency for Students, Families and Taxpayers”
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: The Role of Federal Student Aid Programs"
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Examining Opportunities to Strengthen Federal Student Loan Programs"
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Exploring State Efforts to Curb Costs"
Hearing on "Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Ways Institutions Can Streamline Costs and Reduce Tuition"

Letters of Support:

American Council on Education
American Osteopathic Association
American Public University System
Apollo Education Group on H.R. 3136
Apollo Education Group on H.R. 4983
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Capella Education Company
Chamber of Commerce
Council for Opportunity in Education on H.R. 4984
ECMC
Excelsior College
Laureate Education Inc.
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Council of Higher Education Resources
National Education Association
Presidents' Forum
Southern New Hampshire University
The Education Trust
University of Maryland University College
Rebuilding America's Middle Class
Western Governors University
Young Invincibles