Aim Higher

Aim Higher

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.


Pell Grant Preservation & Expansion Act (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

Jumpstart on College Act (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

Advancing Competency-Based Education Act of 2017 (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

Remedial Education Improvement Act (Section-by-Section | Bill Text

Community College Student Success Act (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

Improving Access to Higher Education Act (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

America's College Promise Act of 2017 (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

Fostering Success in Higher Education Act (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

The Simple FASFA Act of 2017 (Section-by-Section | Bill Text)

Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (Bill Text)

Reauthorization of Title VI of the Higher Education Act (Section-by-Section Bill Text)

Key Documents:

Aim Higher: Democratic Principles 

Aim Higher: Higher Education By-The-Numbers