Senate HELP Committee chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) kicked off the debate in early 2019, challenging Congress to overhaul the Higher Education Act before the end of the year. Last reauthorized in 2008, HEA provides some $122 billion a year in federal loans and grants for postsecondary students and institutions of higher education. The current version of the legislation is sharply skewed in favor of traditional academic education at the expense of programs that prepare students for the world of work. But several provisions under consideration by lawmakers could begin to remedy this imbalance.
CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE 2018