In 2017, House Democrats launched the “Aim Higher” initiative, where they will introduce a legislative package focused on providing all students with access to a meaningful degree that costs less money and leads to a good-paying job. 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.