Fact Sheet: H.R. 2637, the Supporting Academic Freedom Through Regulatory Relief Act
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2013
Over the last decade, college costs have skyrocketed. Annual in-state tuition and fees at public four-year universities cost an average of $4,793 in 2001. Today, that price tag is $8,665 – an 81 percent increase. Similar trends can be seen at private institutions and two-year degree programs.
Despite the Obama administration’s failed attempts to rein in college costs through new government programs, mandates, and possible price controls, Republicans know helping students realize the dream of higher education cannot be accomplished solely at the federal level. Instead, we support increased transparency, better data, and schools’ ability to assist students and families in making fiscally responsible higher education choices.
Republicans also recognize the need to reduce federal regulations that stifle innovation and may lead to higher costs for colleges and students. Four troublesome regulations released as part of the Department of Education’s so-called ‘program integrity’ rules – the gainful employment, state authorization, credit hour, and incentive compensation regulations – not only put Washington in the middle of issues that have historically been the responsibility of institutions or states, but could also have significant implications on college costs and academic freedom.
THE SUPPORTING ACADEMIC FREEDOM THROUGH REGULATORY RELIEF ACT