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Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-329, 11/8/1965), as amended, is the piece of federal legislation that authorizes most federal student assistance programs. It is often refered to by the abbreviation HEA. It must be reauthorized periodically, typically every 4 to 6 years. During reauthorization Congress often makes changes and improvements in the legislation, such as adding new programs, streamlining existing programs and increasing authorized funding levels. Although changes can and do occur between reauthorizations of the HEA, the majority of important changes occur during reauthorization.

The next Reauthorization is due to occur in 2013. If Congress fails to pass an on-time reauthorization bill, an automatic one-year extension will occur. After that, Congress must pass legislation to extend the act until a reauthorization can occur. During the 2003 reauthorization Congress passed thirteen additional extensions and eventually passed Reauthorization in 2008.

Previous Reauthorizations

Previous reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act occurred in 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998 and 2008.

Key Resources for Past Reauthorizations

The following are key resources relating to past Reauthorizations:

 

 
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