Higher Learning Advocates and 40 Organizations Celebrate Bipartisan Resolution Marking September as National Student Parent Month

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Higher Learning Advocates and 40 organizations signed on to a letter to Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Tom Carper (D-DE) applauding Congress for passing the National Student Parent Month resolution. For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating September as a national celebration of parenting students, which acknowledges the sacrifices…

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Letter from 39 Organizations Asks ED to Reset Satisfactory Academic Progress

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Higher Learning Advocates and 38 organizations submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education in support of reforming SAP (satisfactory academic progress) for today’s students, especially returning adult students from the population of 40 million Americans with some college and no credential.

Under current SAP regulations, an individual’s academic performance indefinitely follows them even upon attempted reentry years later, which can result in prospective students being ineligible for critical student financial aid.

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Letter to Congress from 49 Organizations in Support of SNAP for Today’s Students

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Higher Learning Advocates and 48 organizations submitted a letter to Congress in support of expanding SNAP benefits to help counteract the rising rate of food insecurity among today’s students in higher education. Currently, more than one-third of students struggle to afford food and groceries, but only 31% of college students who meet SNAP income limits…

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Higher Learning Advocates Launches ‘40 Million Reasons’ Campaign to Raise Awareness Around the 40+ Million Americans with Some College, No Credential

WASHINGTON – The population of Americans with some college and no credentials (SCNC) experienced another surge in 2021, rising to 40.4 million – almost 1 in 6 – according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse. The report is released as Higher Learning Advocates (HLA) launches a new campaign to highlight audience demographics…

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Comments on Proposed Gainful Employment Regulations

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Higher Learning Advocates submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in response to its recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Gainful Employment (GE) and Certification Procedures, sharing both support for the Department’s actions to reimplement GE and recommendations to strengthen the proposed regulation. While we strongly support ED’s implementation of the GE…

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Debt Ceiling Deal May Endanger Plan to Double Pell Grants by 2029

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“President Joe Biden pledged to double the maximum Pell Grant by 2029, but his recent debt ceiling deal is seemingly at odds with that plan. Biden’s deal struck with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy places spending caps on discretionary spending for fiscal years 2024 and 2025. Factoring in projected inflation over the next two years, the deal will…

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‘A Necessary Start’: Statement on Release of New Gainful Employment Rule

WASHINGTON – Higher Learning Advocates (HLA) released a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s recent release of their proposed Gainful Employment Rule.  “Transparency and accountability are pivotal to ensure today’s students finish a program of study financially better off than when they started.  Higher Learning Advocates applauds the Department of Education for…

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Julie Peller Named to Washingtonian’s Most Influential List for Education

Executive Director Julie Peller is included in the Education section of Washingtonian’s Washington DC’s 500 Most Influential People list. The feature includes experts and advocates outside the government who are playing big roles in Washington, D.C.’s policy debates. Julie is recognized for her years of experience on Capitol Hill and helping “students who have some…

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Measuring ROI in Higher Education

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Measuring ROI in Higher Education “In this episode, Dr. Jason Altmire talks with Julie Peller of Higher Learning Advocates about accountability, ROI in higher education, and the future of the for-profit sector. Julie Peller is the Executive Director of Higher Learning Advocates. She also served as the Deputy Staff Director for the House Committee on Education and Labor. Julie…

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Brief: SAP Requirements Create Barriers to Underserved Students

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SAP Requirements Create Barriers to Underserved Students “The brief examines how current SAP policies can be confusing for many students, such as those who are new to college and arrive academically underprepared, do not receive proper advising, or face unexpected life challenges. Institutions can create their own SAP requirements, but at minimum students must maintain…

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