Spring brings promises of change in federal higher education policy

Like the cherry blossoms now emerging in Washington, D.C., there are signs that after recent years rife with partisan congressional gridlock, 2019 may bring changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), the sweeping law governing federal higher education programs.

Not to be outdone, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is moving forward at a steady pace to revise its regulations to implement the HEA as currently written. While the final outcome of these processes is far from certain, spring will provide various opportunities for higher education policymakers to make their voices heard in hopes that their own policy proposals will take root.

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