Originally enacted in 1965, the Higher Education Act (HEA) governs most student aid programs implemented at the federal level. Ninety-five percent of HEA funding is through Title IV programs, such as Pell Grants, which provide tuition assistance to people enrolling in college or other approved courses of study after high school. Despite the fact that nearly three-quarters of all undergraduates—such as part-time students, students enrolled in non-credit vocational education at local community colleges, and other working adults—are “non-traditional” students, tuition assistance too often remains targeted toward traditional students. There is growing focus at the federal level on promoting the attainment of postsecondary credentials; National Skills Coalition is actively working to ensure that such policies benefit all individuals across skill levels through multiple pathways.

This page contains materials and analysis, developed by National Skills Coaltion, about expanding access to higher education for all Americans. 

National Skills Coalition Platform and Overview

NSC Gainful Employment Recommendations | September 2010

Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA):

 Overview of Pell Grant Program  (Under Title IV of HEA) | Training Policy in Brief, 2011

Current Law

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