Broadening Pathways and Partnerships: Comparing the PROSPER Act and Aim Higher Act

How would the Aim Higher Act and the PROSPER Act affect alternative pathways and partnerships?

On July 24, 2018, Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-Va.) of the U.S. House Committee on Education & the Workforce introduced the Aim Higher Act, a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA).

The Democratic proposal follows the December 2017 PROSPER Act (Promoting Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform or H.R. 4508), an HEA reauthorization bill introduced by House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

Both bills make changes to the underlying law, including expanding partnerships and pathways to access and complete a postsecondary credential or degree. The chart below compares current law to how the Aim Higher Act, the PROSPER Act, and current law would provide for these expansions.

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