Congress, Pass the PROSPER Act for Federal Student Aid Reform

Rachelle Peterson

This is an excerpt from an article in The Hill published May 23, 3018.

It has been 53 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act into law, and 10 years since it was reauthorized, under President Obama. Over the years, the law — which touches nearly every aspect of higher education — has turned into a special interest bonanza. It shields traditional colleges from marketplace competition, weaves a labyrinthine web of student aid options, packs on the pork, and in the last administration served as a pretext for the Department of Education to invent politically charged regulations.

The PROSPER Act, introduced in December by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), would reauthorize the Higher Education Act and clean up the mess it has become. The bill would streamline federal programs, relax burdensome regulations, forbid the Secretary of Education from acting outside the scope of the law, and protect the key principles of free speech and religious freedom. . . . . 

Read the full article at The Hill.

Watch Representative Virginia Foxx cite NAS's article in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. 


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