Roadmap to College Student Success

The Roadmap to College Student Success lays out a legislative blueprint for improving our nation’s higher education system for students and families.  The Roadmap brings together a series of bold proposals focused on bringing down the cost of college, helping students access a quality degree, and—once students are in school—providing them with the support they need to graduate.

In the coming months, Committee Democrats will add to the Roadmap other key legislation that would help ensure every student can access and benefit from a high-quality higher education.


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H.R. 1731 – Lowering Obstacles to Achievement Now (LOAN) Act

Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)

This bill lowers the cost of college for current and future student borrowers and their families by making critical reforms to the student loan system. These reforms include doubling the Pell Grant, improving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and making loans more affordable and accessible.

H.R. 5998 – America's College Promise Act

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03)

This bill expands access to high-quality public higher education by creating a new federal-state partnership that will provide students with two years of tuition-free community or technical college.

H.R. 961 – Pell to Grad Act 

Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11)

This bill strengthens the Pell Grant program—the cornerstone of our federal student aid system—by increasing lifetime Pell Grant eligibility from 12 semesters to 16 semesters and expanding Pell Grant eligibility to graduate students.

H.R. 8807 - Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act

Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02)

This bill nearly doubles the Pell Grant maximum award, indexes the maximum award for inflation, and makes other changes to expand the award for working students and families.


H.R. 2957 – College Transparency Act

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

This bipartisan bill provides students and families with better information as they consider their higher education options by ensuring that institutions report accurate data on their student outcomes—such as enrollment, completion, and post-college earnings—while protecting students’ privacy.

H.R. 7260  – Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa College Access Act 

Rep. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (NMI-AL)

This bill establishes a grant program to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition costs for students from the Northern Marina Islands.

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H.R. 2401 – Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act 

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

This bipartisan bill makes the transition from high school to college easier for students with disabilities and their families by allowing them to use a variety of existing documentation as proof of a disability when seeking accommodations on campus.

H.R. 309 – Opportunity to Address College Hunger Act

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

This bill supports college students experiencing hunger by requiring institutions of higher education to inform students in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program that they may qualify for SNAP benefits.

H.R. 5740 – Enhancing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act 

Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07)

This bipartisan bill ensures college students have the mental health resources they need by ensuring colleges and universities are equipped with proactive mental health and suicide prevention plans. 

Closing the College Hunger Gap Act

Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-05)

This bill requires students to be notified of their eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) based on information reported through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.