Every few years, typically four to six, Congress dusts off the federal law that governs higher education—there are no penalties, per se, if it doesn’t, but the law can quickly become outdated, and if lawmakers want to ensure federal college programs run smoothly, they keep that schedule. At least that’s what is supposed to happen.The reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is a seemingly endless will they, won’t they; the wonky romantic comedy that writers haven’t been able to finish. The last reauthorization was in 2008, meaning the typical deadline has long passed—and it is now the longest the bill has gone without an touch-up. But lawmakers in both the U.S. House and the Senate seem eager to get a deal done, with a rush of activity—speeches, public hearings, and even a New York Times op-ed—stoking the anticipation that the long-overdue update to the HEA may be nigh.The law oversees… ..... Read More.
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