Many federal education and workforce policies were developed when most students attending postsecondary education went immediately to a four-year or trade school after graduating from high school. The good news is that there are bipartisan solutions available now that can help make college more affordable and valuable for this new generation of students. Federal policies should better serve today’s students by emphasizing completion, updating financial aid, and ensuring better information for students and taxpayers.
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Changing Models of Instruction
Reform federal student aid rules and oversight to encourage effective and high-quality new models focused on outcomes, such as competency-based education.
New Programs and Providers
Allow students to receive federal student loans and Pell Grants for attendance at high-quality, approved non-institutional programs, including apprenticeships and employer-based training.
Prior Learning Assessment
Allow federal student aid to be used for payment of prior learning assessments.
Enhance and incentivize dual enrollment program participation and programs that enable students to graduate high school with college credit or industry certification.
Support Returning Students
Reform federal student aid rules to remove barriers to reentry, including lifetime eligibility caps and satisfactory academic progress rules, for students coming back to higher education.
Count Income Correctly
Reform federal financial aid formulas to allow for more accurate and generous accounting of income and assets for independent students and student parents.Update Work Study
Reform Federal Work Study to incent completion, expand Job Location Development Programs, ease requirements for off-campus work, and incentivize the connection between aid and course of study.
Improve data systems to reflect all of today’s students and provide information about the value of a prospective student’s education.
Implement a consumer friendly, easy-to-use system for students and their families to navigate postsecondary education choices
Update requirements and regulations to ensure they are in line with high-quality learning and student success.
Strengthen Current Systems
Reform the contract the federal government has with other oversight bodies, including states and accreditors, to place a greater focus on student outcomes over compliance.
Today’s students deserve a system that works for them.
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