The Higher Education Act (HEA) is the primary law governing post-secondary education, including federal student aid programs - and discussions to significantly change it are underway.
In addition to providing rules and regulations for institutions of higher education, the HEA authorizes federal student aid programs - such as Pell Grants, Federal Work-Study, Perkins Loans and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants - that help keep higher education affordable.
Through its partnership with the federal government and the programs authorized in HEA, UC has one of the nation's most robust student aid programs. UC helps low-income students succeed at college by combining federal, state and university aid - along with contributions from students and their families - into a cohesive package that ensures cost is not a barrier to enrollment and graduation.
The university has significant concerns with the HEA reauthorization legislation, known as the PROSPER Act, that is making its way through the House of Representatives. While UC supports changes to federal student aid programs that improve access, affordability and equity, the PROSPER Act, in its current form, would make sweeping changes that would negatively affect students at UC and across the country.