Aim Higher

Aim Higher

In 2017, House Democrats launced “Aim Higher,” an initiative that puts forward bold legislation to make higher education more accessible, affordable, and take less time to complete. The decades old promise of the Higher Education Act (HEA) is to expand access and provide an affordable education to those who had been traditionally underserved by colleges and universities. It is Congress’ responsibility to reexamine federal policy to ensure HEA lives up to this charge. Aim Higher will highlight three policy areas:

  • Access to ensure that all students have access to a quality higher education regardless of race or socioeconomic status;
  • Affordability by strengthening and stabilizing the Pell Grant program and expanding access to affordable student loans and loan repayment, while incentivizing states to reinvest in their colleges and universities;
  • Completion so that all students complete their higher education on time with a meaningful degree or credential.


Pell Grant Preservation & Expansion Act 

Jumpstart on College Act

Advancing Competency-Based Education Act of 2017

Remedial Education Improvement Act

The Community College Student Success Act

Improving Access to Higher Education Act

Key Documents:

Aim Higher: Democratic Principles 

Aim Higher: Higher Education By-The-Numbers