ERIC Number: ED410910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May-5
Reference Count: N/A
Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and the Costs of Higher Education. Hearing of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session on Examining the Relationship Between Cost and Access to Postsecondary Education (Bangor, ME, May 5, 1997).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
This hearing on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, sought public comment in Maine on the cost of higher education and on Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Specifically, these hearings were intended to address the continuing low level of participation in higher education by Maine high school graduates, which was ascribed mainly to the fact that federal aid programs cover a smaller percentage of cost than they did 15 years ago. The hearing, chaired by Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine, heard statements from: Senator James M. Jeffords of Vermont; Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, who planned to introduce a "Go to College" tax incentive act; Melissa Chasse, a student who gave examples of the various federal student aid programs that had enabled her to attend college James Peacock, certified school counselor; Mid-Maine Technical Center; Andrea Cross, director of financial aid, St. Joseph's College; institutional administrators and counselors from Maine colleges, who all noted repayment burdens faced by students; and education policymakers for the state of Maine, who noted the importance of federal student aid programs to students in the state. Walter Moulton, director of student aid at Bowdoin College, presented a prepared statement suggesting three changes to the bill which would: (1) provide an alternative to the Perkins Loan Program; (2) consolidate the Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program; and (3) allow use of retirement assets to help meet educational expenses. (CH)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational Finance, Eligibility, Federal Programs, Federal State Relationship, Financial Aid Applicants, Government School Relationship, Hearings, Higher Education, Income Contingent Loans, Loan Default, Loan Repayment, Parent Financial Contribution, Paying for College, Postsecondary Education, State Officials, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
Identifiers - Location: Maine
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title IV; Pell Grant Program; Perkins Loan Program