Here are some of the proposals offered by members of Congress for
the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, a federal law that is
set to expire next year. Federal lawmakers are rewriting the act for
the first time since 1998.
Propose the Ready to Teach Act,
a bill that would increase requirements on teacher colleges and
states, aimed at ensuring they produce qualified
Propose raising the maximum
yearly Pell Grant award to $11,600 by 2011, from current level
Would increase federal
student-loan forgiveness for teachers in mathematics, science,
and special education in certain Title I
Would eliminate "origination
fees," a 3 percent
surcharge on federal student loans. Lawmakers say such fees
cost many borrowers hundreds of dollars over the life of their
Call under one lawmaker's plan
for setting federal guidelines that would
impose penalties on colleges and universities that fail to
adequately control tuition hikes.
Propose creation of Centers of
Excellence at Minority Serving Institutions, a
competitive-grant program to foster better teacher quality and
predominantly minority colleges and universities.