By Anne-Marie Beck and Debra Ann Arviso
Legislative/Public Policy Co-Chairs
Introduced: Scholarships, Training & Recruiting Veterans for STEM Careers S.3395
Introduced:Revising Federal Pell Grant funding Amounts S.3423
Introduced: Protecting Amateur Athletes in NCAA H.R.6749
Introduced: Mandatory Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions S.3467
Introduced: Designating September as "National Workforce Development Month" S.R.632
Introduced: Scholarships, Training & Recruiting Veterans for STEM Careers
S.3395, introduced 08/28/2018, directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to:(1) encourage veterans to study and pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and computer science in coordination with other federal agencies that serve veterans.
Introduced: Revising Federal Pell Grant Funding Amounts
S.3423, introduced 09/06/2018, would revise the amounts for discretionary Federal Pell Grant funding for the 2019-2020 year. The maximum Pell Grant for the 2019-2020 period would be $5,135 per recipient. Further, it would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 in regards to the Federal Pell Grant by striking ‘‘$1,409,000,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$1,370,000,000’’.
Introduced: Protecting Amateur Athletes in NCAA
H.R.6749, introduced 09/07/2018, would provide protections for amateur and professional athletes. A qualifying student would be one who: (A) participates as an athlete in a collegiate revenue-generating sport; (B) is an incoming freshman at such institution; (C) does not transfer to such institution from another institution of higher education.
Introduced: Mandatory Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions
S.3467, introduced 09/18/2018, would permanently reauthorize mandatory funding programs for historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.
Introduced: Designating September as "National Workforce Development Month"
S.Res.632, introduced 09/18/2018, would designate September 2018 as “National Workforce Development Month” and support Federal initiatives to promote workforce development.
Introduced: Strengthening Minority-Serving Institutions Act of 2018
H.R.6876, introduced 09/25/2018, would permanently reauthorize mandatory funding programs for historically Black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.
Introduced: Increase PELL Grants & Job Training for Working Students
H.R.6935, introduced 09/27/2018, would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for job training Federal Pell Grants and to increase support for working students. Among other things, this bill would create eligible careers pathways programs that combine rigorous and high-quality education, training and other services that (1) align with the skill needs of industries in the State or regional economy involved; (2) prepare an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or postsecondary education options, (3) include counseling to support an individual in achieving the individual’s education and career goals; (4) include education offered concurrently with workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster; (5) organize education, training, and other services to accelerate the educational and career advancement of the individual; (6) enable an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and at least one recognized postsecondary credential; (7) help an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster.
Additionally, H.R.6935 would create a job training career and technical education program at an institution of higher education.
Introduced: Decreasing the Cost of Higher Education
H.R.6947, introduced 09/27/2018, H.R.6947 would promote greater experimentation among institutions of higher education to: (1) increase the level of student attainment of postsecondary and graduate certificates and degrees through innovative programs designed to decrease the cost and time required to complete postsecondary and graduate programs; (2) improve the quality and effectiveness of postsecondary education programs, providing accelerated degree or certificate programs, and increasing on-time graduation rates.
Introduced: Designating September 2018 as "National Workforce Development Month"
H.R..1100, introduced 09/28/2018, would designate September 2018 as “National Workforce Development Month” and recognizing the necessity of investing in workforce development to support workers and to help employers succeed in a global economy.
Introduced: TRIO Programs Common Sense Opportunities Act
S.3535, introduced 10/01/2018, would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to clarify the treatment of technical errors in applications for Federal TRIO programs, and for other purposes. Note: The term ‘technical error’ means a nonsubstantive error in an application, including an error in formatting, spacing, number of pages, font size or style and an error in rounding or any other typographical error in a proposed budget.
Introduced: Reducing Student Loan Debt & Increasing Student Retention
S.3596, introduced 10/11/2018, would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to create an innovation zone initiative. S.3596 would permit institutions of higher education to test the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility that aims to increase student success, which may be defined as 1 or more of the following: (A) Reduction in student loan debt.
(B) Increase in student retention and program completion at institutions of higher education, especially for historically underrepresented students. (C) Decrease in student time to program completion. (D) Closing of gaps in enrollment and completion between historically underrepresented students and students who are not historically underrepresented students. Definition of Historically Underrepresented Student: (1) means a student, or prospective student, at an institution of higher education who is at risk of educational failure or otherwise in need of special assistance and support; and (2) may include an adult learner, working student, part-time student, student from a low-income background, student of color, Native youth, single parent (including a single pregnant woman), student who is a homeless child or youth, youth who is in, or has aged out of, the foster care system, first generation college student, and student with a disability. (E) Increase in student employment outcomes upon graduation. (F) Improved financial aid disbursement and service to students. (G) Increase in student safety, wellness, or food and housing security. (H) Other innovative practices that benefit students.
Introduced: Designating November 2018 as "National College Application Month"
S.Res.697, introduced 11/15/2018, would: (1) designate November 2018 as “National College Application Month”; (2) encourage the people of the United States: (A) to evaluate options for pursuing higher education; and (B) to support every student, regardless of the background or resources of the student, in obtaining the skills and knowledge needed to thrive; (3) support efforts to better assist low-income and first generation students throughout the college application process; (4) urge public officials, educators, parents, students, and communities in the United States to observe National College Application Month with appropriate activities and programs designed to encourage students to consider, research, and apply to college; and (5) commend teachers, counselors, mentors, and parents who support students throughout the college application process, as well as the organizations and institutions partnering to eliminate barriers to higher education.
Introduced: Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Project Grants
S.3635, introduced 11/15/2018, would make grants available to States, local governments, territories or Indian tribes, service providers and nonprofit organizations for the purpose of strategic planning and implementation of adult and juvenile offender reentry projects. Additionally, S.3635 would help develop a strategic, collaborative plan for an adult or juvenile offender reentry demonstration project that includes: (1) Improvements to existing programs; (2) Improvements in educational methods provided at prisons, jails and juvenile facilities; (3) Providing mentoring grants to non-profit organizations; (4) Providing community-based mentoring and transitional service grants to non-profit organizations.
Introduced: NSF Grants for Associate Degrees & Certificates in STEM
S.3583, introduced 12/19/2018, would direct the National Science Foundation to provide grants for research about STEM education approaches and the STEM-related workforce, and for other purposes. S.3583 would award competitive grants to community colleges to develop or improve associate degree and certificate programs in STEM fields.
Introduced: Student Loan Servicing & Debt Collection Practices
H.R.7112, introduced 12/19/2018, would : (1) Make amendments to terms and conditions of borrower defenses; (2) Improve student loan servicing and debt collection practices; (3) Improve disclosures, counseling, and financial assistance information for students; (4) Improve disclosures for clinical training programs.
Introduced: Repay Educational Assistance to Student Veterans
S.5, introduced 12/04/2018, would require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay individuals who are owed educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance program the amounts of educational assistance that they are entitled to by law.
Introduced: Emergency Housing Grants for Students
H.R.7297, introduced 12/13/2018, would provide basic and emergency supplemental living assistance grants under the student support services program. The basic supplemental living assistance would cover reasonable, anticipated expenses for eligible students, expenses seen necessary to complete an academic year of the students’ first undergraduate baccalaureate course of study.
Introduced: Prohibiting Use of Federal Educational Assistance Funds for Marketing
H.R.7303, introduced 12/13/2018, would amend the Higher Education Opportunity Act to restrict institutions of higher education from using revenues derived from Federal educational assistance funds for advertising, marketing or recruiting purposes.
Introduced: Fellowship for Women of Color in STEAM & DoD Outreach to Minority-Serving Institutions
H.R.7307, introduced 12/13/2018, would establish a Fellowship for Women of Color in STEAM fields, and for other purposes. Additionally, it’s meant for the Department of Defense to increase engagement with and outreach to historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other minority-serving institutions.
Introduced: Restricting Use of Educational Assistance Funds for Marketing
S.3762, introduced 12/17/2018, would amend the Higher Education Opportunity Act to restrict institutions of higher education from using revenues derived from Federal educational assistance funds for advertising, marketing.
Introduced: increase Deduction for Student Loan Interest for Married Couples
H.R.7335, introduced 12/19/2018, would increase the amount allowed as a deduction for interest on education loans paid by married couples. In General the bill will be amended by inserting “($5,000 in the case of a joint return)” after “$2,500”.
Introduced: Services to Increase Community College Graduation Rates
S.3783, introduced 12/19/2018, would make grants for planning and implementing programs that would provide comprehensive support services and resources to increase transfer and graduation rates at community colleges and for other purposes.
Introduced: Reduce Prisoner Recidivism & Expand Prison Industries
S.3747, introduced 12/19/2018, would provide for programs to help reduce the risk that prisoners will recidivate upon release from prison. S.3747 would (1) covers sentencing reform; (2) reauthorize the Second Chance Act of 2007; (3) address: (a) Placement of prisoners close to families; (b) Home confinement for low-risk prisoners; (c) Federal prisoner reentry initiative reauthorization; modification of imposed term of imprisonment; (d) Identification for returning citizens; (e) Expanding inmate employment through Federal Prison Industries; (f) De-escalation training; (g) Evidence-Based treatment for opioid and heroin abuse; (h) Pilot programs; (i) Ensuring supervision of released sexually dangerous persons; (j) Data collection; (k) Healthcare products; (l) Adult and juvenile collaboration programs; (m) Juvenile solitary confinement.