ERIC Number: ED393375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The 1997 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act: An Analysis of the Current Policy Environment. Briefing Document.
Merisotis, Jamie P.
This analysis looks at proposals for the 1997 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. These proposals include graduation-contingent aid providing "incentives" for completion; creation of federal student aid block grants to reduce the federal government's role and provide states and institutions more flexibility in awarding student aid; elimination of aid for students in remedial courses or programs; modification of the Pell Grant program to frontload grants for students in their first 2 years and limit eligibility by program length and type; relocation of vocational and technical programs to the Department of Labor; and use of federal aid as a cost containment device. The analysis suggests that completion incentives assume that factors influencing degree completion are primarily under the control of the student; that focusing aid at the state level through block grants could promote unequal treatment of students; and that eliminating aid for students in remedial courses could impact 13 percent of all undergraduates. The analysis concludes that all of the proposals appear to share a common goal of using student financial aid to address complex social issues and that implementation could seriously impede access to higher education for these students. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Cost Containment; Department of Labor; Pell Grant Program; Reauthorization Legislation
Note: Prepared for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.