As members of the 116th Congress continue to discuss the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and other key issues, policymakers should keep today’s students at the center of conversations and decision-making. Today’s students are more diverse than any previous generation of college students—in age, race, and income level—and many have work and family responsibilities that extend beyond the classroom. Younger workers change jobs as many as four times by age 32. Lifelong learning has become the norm. But federal policy needs to be updated in order to break down barriers to student success for all learners.
Today, Higher Learning Advocates is re-releasing our Policy Toolkit for Today’s Students with new recommendations for policymakers looking for solutions to better serve today’s students. These ten fresh policy ideas work toward an improved postsecondary system that strengthens federal aid policy and student supports in an effort to better equip students with tools that lead to academic and economic success.