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  • Higher Learning Advocates’ Statement on President-Elect Biden’s American Rescue Plan

    WASHINGTON (January 15, 2021) — Higher Learning Advocates applauds President-elect Biden’s American Rescue Plan and its focus on the needs of today’s students.…

  • Higher Learning Advocates’ Statement Regarding Secretary of Education Nominee

    WASHINGTON (December 22, 2020) — Higher Learning Advocates congratulates Miguel Cardona, President-elect Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education in the inco…

  • #ConnectCollegeStudents Legislative Victories & More in Year-End Deal

    WASHINGTON (December 21, 2020) — Today, Congress introduced an omnibus funding package combined with additional coronavirus relief. The following statement can…

  • 2020 & HLA: Fighting for Today’s Students

    2020 has been quite a year. Today’s students were faced with challenges like never before when campus closed due to the pandemic in March, and for many, things…

  • Insider NJ: Senator Booker Introduces Legislation Aimed at Preserving and Expanding Access to Federal Student Aid

    A recent study focused on three Minnesota community colleges by Higher Learning Advocates found that 29 percent of students in 2019 did not maintain SAP requir…

  • EdTech: Outdoor Wi-Fi Expands Access for College Students

    Social distancing guidelines highlight a new role for outdoor connectivity on higher education campuses. “Students without internet or with poor connections ma…

  • Insurance News Net: IHEP and 128 Organizations Call on Congress to Include the College Transparency Act in a Year-End Agreement

    Higher Learning Advocates and 128 members and partners have asked Congressional leadership to include the bipartisan, bicameral College Transparency Act (S.800…

  • Inside Higher Ed: Low-Income Community College Students Most Likely to Cancel Plans

    Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, said, "It just puts data behind what we all know: lower-income, working adults and student paren…

  • Higher Learning Advocates Urges Congress to Prioritize Students in COVID-19 Relief Package

    WASHINGTON (December 9, 2020) — Earlier today, a bipartisan group of Senators released a framework summary for their $908 billion proposal, dubbed the Bipartis…

  • Politico: What to expect in the lame duck

    Higher Learning Advocates, a bipartisan policy organization, and other groups, are urging Biden to pick an Education secretary “who holds both classroom experi…

  • Columbia Spectator: Columbia may look whiter and wealthier next year. Here’s why.

    Julie Peller, executive director of Higher Learning Advocates, told the Hechinger Report that the FAFSA application is often the first step students take when …

  • Executive Director Julie Peller and Higher Learning Advocates’ Board Members Urge Congress to Support Students’ Immediate Needs

    WASHINGTON (November 30, 2020) — Executive Director Julie Peller and Higher Learning Advocates' Board of Directors wrote to Congress to highlight the immediate…