Postsecondary Education Issues in the 113th Congress

Source: David P. Smole, Congressional Research Service (CRS), CRS Report for Congress, R43302, November 7, 2013

The 113th Congress may face an array of policy issues affecting postsecondary education. Many of these postsecondary education issues may be considered as part of efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). However, postsecondary education issues also may emerge as part of other legislative efforts such as comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), reform of the federal tax code, or the annual appropriations process.

This report identifies and briefly examines several postsecondary education policy issue areas that may be of general interest. For each of these broader issue areas, the report provides a brief background summary and an introduction to and discussion of various aspects of the issue. Varied policy options are also identified for further consideration. The following postsecondary education issue areas are examined in this report:
College costs and prices. …
The Federal Pell Grant program. …
Federal student loans. …
Student loans and personal bankruptcy. …
Noncitizens and federal student aid. …
Institutional quality. …
College completion. …
Campus safety. …