Congress Requests Public Comment on Renewal of the Higher Education Act

April 25, 2013

Members of Congress are seeking public input on the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the main law governing federal student aid.

In a letter issued on Thursday, the Republican chairman and top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives' education committee requested feedback from students, parents, colleges, and other stakeholders on the coming renewal of the law, due in 2014.

The committee has already held a handful of hearings on reauthorization, with recent events focusing on affordability and transparency. The Senate education committee has also begun conducting hearings.

In Thursday's letter, the chairman, John Kline of Minnesota, and the ranking Democrat, George Miller of California, say they're particularly interested in recommendations for ways to "empower students as consumers"; simplify the student-aid system; increase college accessibility, affordability, and completion; reduce costs; promote innovation; and "balance the need for accountability with the burden of federal regulations."

Comments can be sent to until August 2.