Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee on H.R. 609 - College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005

Summary of Amendment Submitted to the Rules Committee on
H.R. 609 - COLLEGE ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY ACT OF 2005

(in alphabetical order)

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Andrews (NJ)

#97

(LATE)  Requires institutes of higher education to request emergency contact information on enrollment forms. 

Andrews (NJ)

#98

(LATE)  Allows students, whose parents refuse to provide financial information on FAFSA forms, to receive unsubsidized loans.

Andrews (NJ)

#99

(LATE)  Provides right of action for students to sue IHEs for violations of privacy rights.

Andrews (NJ)

#100

(LATE)  Provides that federal aid be given without regard to university aid, which could then be given on top.

Andrews (NJ)

#101

(LATE)  Requires personal computers that are disposed of by IHEs be fully scrubbed of all personal information.

Andrews (NJ)/Price (GA)

#105

(LATE)  Requires IHEs to distribute materials on meningitis to new students along with the other general disclosures they are required to provide.

Andrews (NJ)

#106

(LATE)  Protects the award levels of institutions that report at least at 75% of their students come from families with incomes that are within 150% of the poverty line.

Andrews (NJ)

#117

(LATE)  Requires IHEs to distribute materials on meningitis to new students along with the other general disclosures they are required to provide.

Berman (CA)/Bono (CA)/Goodlatte (VA)/Hoyer (MD)

#61

Requires colleges and universities to report whether they are taking steps to prevent illegal downloading of copyrighted material on their campus information technology systems. 

Biggert (IL)

#102

(LATE)  Allows unaccompanied homeless youth be considered independent students upon verification of their living situation by a McKinney-Vento Act school district liaison, a shelter director, or a financial aid administrator.

Bishop (UT)

#32

Ensures that state and local education officials, as well as private schools and parents of home schooled students, retain control over secondary school curriculum for purposes of eligibility under the new Academic Competitiveness Pell Grants program. Potential control over this curriculum was improperly given in-part to the Secretary of Education by the portion of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 which created this program.

Bishop (NY)

#34

Increases oversight on the administration of the ability to benefit test.

Bishop (NY)

#36

Blocks any Department of Education funds from being used to recall Perkins loan funds.

Bishop (NY)

#37

Extends the Tuition Deduction for Higher Education through 12/31/2011.

Blumenauer (OR)/Wu (OR)/Ehlers (MI)

#28

Directs the Secretary of Education, representatives of Federal Agencies, businesses and industry leaders to focus on establishing administrative and educational sustainability programs, share innovative ideas, and explore funding opportunities and partnerships.

Boustany (LA)/Andrews (NJ)

#12

Requires a study by GAO to evaluate and determine reasons for the decline in the number of medical school graduates entering residency programs lasting more than 5 years.

Boustany (LA)/Andrews (NJ)

#13

Amends Sec. 421 – Loan Forgiveness for Service in Areas of National Need to include medical specialists with a residency program of more than 5 years and in medical specialties that have shortages.

Burton (IN)

#1

Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require colleges and universities, if receiving funds under Title VI International Education Programs of that Act, to disclose contributions and gifts under the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a publicly available and searchable database.

Castle (DE)/Osborne (NE)/Ford (TN)/Regula (OH)/Van Hollen (MD)

#57

Authorizes funding to recruit, select, train and support a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit to teach in low-income communities.  An example of a national teacher corps eligible for this funding is Teach For America.

Cole (OK)/Payne (NJ)

#2

(REVISED)  Strikes Section 402(c) from the bill to eliminate the 10 percent set aside for novice TRIO applicants.

Cuellar (TX)

#84

(LATE)  Ensures that student financial aid programs are in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1965.

Cuellar (TX)

#85

(LATE)  Ensures that students in certification programs are eligible to receive Pell grants.

Cuellar (TX)

#86

(LATE)  Ensures that all school districts and systems, as well as all secondary and high schools, receive information on available federal higher education financial aid opportunities from the Department of Education and other federal agencies.

Cuellar (TX)

#87

(LATE)  Establishes and authorizes appropriations for a school safety training initiative within the Department of Education.

Davis (IL)/Owens (NY)

#80

Includes predominantly black institutions into existing higher education efforts to strengthen the ability of minority-serving institutions to attract, retain, and graduate low-income students.

Davis (IL)

#81

Re-extends Pell eligibility to individuals in prison in an effort to increase successful transitions into the community and reduce recidivism.

Davis (IL)

#82

Revises the study on minority graduation rates that was included in H.R. 609 as reported by Committee to be consistent with recommendations made by the Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Davis (CA)

#14

Prevents contributions made by military service members to the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program from causing any reductions to a veteran student's eligibility for federal student financial aid.

Emanuel (IL)

#16

Provides grants to states and local education agencies seeking to create teacher preparation activities. In order to qualify, agencies must have a written agreement with a local college or university where the teaching residents will enroll and complete a Masters Degree in teaching; teaching residents will spend no less that 10 months in a classroom with an experienced mentor teacher; and teaching residents must sign a written agreement with the local education agency agreeing to teach in that district for a minimum of five years.

Emanuel (IL)

#17

Instructs the Secretary of Education to reduce the number of questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by 50 percent within 5 years.

Emanuel (IL)

#18

Simplifies the application process for the neediest students with automatic qualification for the maximum aid awards through federal means tested programs (such as Free and Reduced Price School lunches).  Raises the automatic zero income threshold to $25,000 (from $20,000) and adjusts the threshold annually according to the Consumer Price Index.  Also eliminates certain nontaxable income data elements from the FAFSA form.

Emanuel (IL)

#19

Restores the $12 billion to student aid programs that the Deficit Reduction Act cut.

Engel (NY)

#88

(LATE)  Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that, in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault, all colleges and universities should provide a training course to incoming students to educate them on sexual assault.

Etheridge (NC)

#47

Adds Fayetteville State University to the list of schools eligible for funding under Title III B of HEA.

Fattah (PA)

#107

(LATE)  Establishes a new and distinct Dual Enrollment Section as an addendum to the current GEAR UP program. This section is essentially an additional programmatic element that would specifically target resources and services towards the promotion of dual enrollment among low income students participating in GEAR UP programs throughout the country. The language was drafted in a manner that adds a new section to GEAR UP, and attaches a separate appropriation for this section, $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2007 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the succeeding five years. In short, dual/concurrent enrollment is defined as the practice by which high school students may enroll in college courses while still enrolled in high school. Students receive college credits but are not required to apply for admission to the college in order to participate.

Fattah (PA)

#108

(LATE)  Adjusts the minimum scholarship amount in which grantees are required by law to distribute in accordance with the requirements of the program from the maximum Federal Pell Grant to the minimum Federal Pell grant awarded.

Fattah (PA)

#109

(LATE)  Creates legislative action to take precedence over current agency regulations which prevent new funds appropriated under new authorizing legislation to be used to provide services under old authorizing legislation. With this amendment, funds will be permitted for use with current GEAR UP students who have not yet graduated from high school.

Fossella (NY)

#77

(REVISED)  Directs the Department of Education to make a matching grant program to eligible universities for the professional installation of fire alarm detection systems and other fire prevention technologies. Applies to student housing, dormitories and other buildings controlled by such entities.

Gingrey (GA)

#104

(LATE)  Ensures economically eligible students enrolled in a full-time, university level, academically gifted program, but are of traditional high school age, qualify for Pell Grants. Students affected by the amendment are full time university students who reside on campus as a requirement of the gifted program. The students do not attend high school courses, nor will they return to a high school classroom as a student.

Gohmert (TX)

#72

Strikes ‘Sec. 131(f)’ which would require colleges and universities to report to the Dept. of Education on tuition control, establish task forces on tuition costs, and may involve the Dept. of Education Inspector General in audits of the schools. Also strikes Sec. 495(a)(1) that would allow states to apply to the Secretary of Education to become recognized accreditors.

Grijalva (AZ)

#58

Offers loan forgiveness for teachers who work in schools located on Native American reservations or in Indian Country who complete five years of service.

Grijalva (AZ)

#59

Offers loan forgiveness for educators working at high poverty (Title I eligible) and large free-and-reduced lunch population Border Schools within the 100 mile region of the US-Mexico border who complete 5 years of service.  Seeks to reduce the burden of student debt for Americans who dedicate their careers to service in areas of national need along the border. 

Grijalva (AZ)

#60

Offers loan forgiveness for teachers who work in rural schools located in low-income communities who complete five years of service. 

Hart (PA)

#54

Establishes and operates pregnant and parenting student services offices to assist students in locating and utilizing child care, family housing, flexible academic scheduling such as telecommuting programs and parenting classes and programs, and post-partum counseling and support groups.

Holt (NJ)/Bishop (NY)

#33

Rebates students who lost Pell Grant eligibility due to changes in the state tax tables, and replaces the tax tables with the highest income protection allowance.

Holt (NJ)

#50

Authorizes $15 million in grants to institutions of higher education to establish programs that encourage students to develop foreign language proficiency as well as science and technological knowledge. Eligible institutions will develop programs in which students take courses in science, math and technology taught in a foreign language. Funds will also support immersion programs for students to take science and math courses in a non-English speaking country.

Holt (NJ)

#51

Creates the opportunity for school systems to complete a Needs Assessment in science, mathematics, and foreign languages to guide teacher professional development and classroom improvement. The Needs Assessment will include as many education stakeholders as possible, including teachers, administrators, parents, school boards, businesses, and institutions of higher education, professional associations, and others as determined by the community. The purpose of the Needs Assessment is to properly direct funds and energy to necessary and ambitious teacher professional development and classroom improvement.

Holt (NJ)

#52

Creates year-round professional development for mathematics, science, vocational education, and technical course teachers inspired by reports like the NAS’ “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” and the Glenn Commission’s “Before Its Too Late”. The process begins with a two-week summer institute at an institution of higher education targeted to improve content knowledge of, grade level teaching of, and the use of technology in the disciplines in which they teach. The professional development continues with meetings to discuss new scientific, industrial, and academic research and how to incorporate it into classroom practice. Additionally, an online community is created to further foster a collaborative learning community amongst teachers that exceeds the limits of a once a month gathering.

Hooley (OR)

#46

Creates a Technology Education State Stimulus Scholarship Program that will allow the Secretary of Education to award grants to States to provide supplementary scholarships to students for study at the postsecondary level in science, math, engineering, or a related field.

Inslee (WA)

#25

Seeks to retain Head Start and Early Head Start teachers by increasing the level of discretionary loan forgiveness from $5,000 to $17,500 (the level for math and science teachers).  Seeks to address the unfunded mandate passed in School Readiness Act (H.R. 2123) requiring 50 percent of Head Start and Early Head Start teachers to obtain a bachelor’s degree in early education by 2011.

Inslee (WA)/Wu (OR)

#26

Instructs the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA) to assess the increasing cost of college textbooks and the effect on access to higher education, and to recommend strategies for reducing the costs.  Currently, ACSFA operates within the Department of Education to advise and counsel Congress and the secretary of education on student financial policy, focusing only on financial aid.  Allows the ACSFA to consider total costs, including textbooks that may affect overall costs and access to postsecondary education.

Israel (NY)

#66

Requires the Department of Education to study and report on methods of encouraging centers of higher education, and their students, to study topics and regions important to our nation's national security, such as Islamic studies and China studies.

Israel (NY)

#67

Directs the Secretary of Education to match, on a 1:1 basis, any funding set aside by National Security Education Trust Fund (NSETF) for the National Security Education Program, thereby doubling the funding of this program.

Israel (NY)

#68

Directs the Secretary of Education to make grants to eligible members of the Armed Services to pay tuition and other authorized fees to an educational institution in which the service member is enrolled.  The funds made available for these grants shall match, on a 1:1 basis, funding set aside by the Secretaries of the military departments,

Israel (NY)

#20

Requires the Department of Education to study and report on methods of encouraging centers of higher education, and their students, to study topics and regions important to our nation's national security, such as Islamic studies and China studies.

Jackson-Lee (TX)

#73

Expresses the Sense of Congress encouraging publishers, professors, and universities to ensure accessibility of Braille textbooks for blind or vision-impaired students.

Jackson-Lee (TX)

#74

Commissions a study of students in higher education with learning disabilities.

Jackson-Lee (TX)

#55

Increases the maximum Pell grant from $6,000 to $7,350.

Jefferson (LA)

#38

Seeks to provide an additional semester of Pell Grant eligibility to college students who (1) attended school in an “area affected by the Gulf hurricane disaster”; (2) were dependents whose parents lived and were employed in the area; or (3) whose education was interrupted by the disaster.  Also directs the Secretary of Education to increase the annual loan limits by $3,500 for affected students; eligible students may elect to apply the loan increase to either the 2005-2006 or 2006-2007 school years.

Jefferson (LA)

#110

(LATE)  Establishes a low-cost relief loan program to make available low-cost, long-term, guaranteed loans to eligible institutions of higher education for expenses relating to the losses incurred during and after the gulf coast hurricane disasters including: construction and rehabilitation, faculty salaries and benefits and to supplement the institution’s operations. The loan should be repayable over 50 years and the Secretary will determine the loan amount.

Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)

#64

Expands anti-discrimination measures to preclude institutions of higher education from using Federal financial assistance to perform any study or fulfill any contract that prohibits persons of a particular color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or national origin from performing that study or executing that contract.  Institutions are not prevented from conducting objective studies pertaining to discrimination or including the subject of discrimination in its curriculum. 

Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)

#65

Expands Pell grant eligibility to children who lost a parent or guardian as a result of the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. These children will be eligible for the maximum amount of Pell grant assistance. 

Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)

#62

Changes eligibility standards for Academic Competitiveness Grants by requiring recipients to also be Pell recipients, as opposed to the current requirement of Pell eligible.  Academic Competitiveness Grants are not to exceed that of a student's Pell grant, with first year awards adjusted from $750 to $1,000, and second year awards adjusted from $1,300 to $1,050.  Academic Competitiveness Grant recipients will be given top priority for SMART Grants.

Johnson, Eddie Bernice (TX)

#63

Expands Pell grant eligibility to children who lost a parent or guardian as a result of Hurricanes Katrina or Rita.  These children would be eligible for the maximum amount of Pell grant assistance.

Kennedy (RI)/Ros-Lehtinen (FL)

#39

Makes child and adolescent mental health professionals eligible for loan forgiveness for high need professions under Sec. 421 of the bill.

Kind (WI)/Van Hollen (MD)

#30

Reinstates the eligibility of undergraduates in Section 602(b), Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, for advanced level training in foreign language, world area, and other international studies.  It also clarifies that undergraduates may use the fellowships while studying abroad.

Kind (WI)/Holt (NJ)

#31

Provides institutions of higher education with grants to institute creative and innovative ways of encouraging students to study and enter into careers focused on math, science, engineering, and technology. 

King (IA)

#48

Requires institutions that receive any federal funding whatsoever (including grants and scholarships) to submit to the U.S. Department of Education an annual report answering two questions.  First, the report must state whether race, color, or national origin is considered in the student admissions process.  If race, color, or nation origin is considered in the student admissions process, then the report must contain a subsequent analysis of how these factors are considered in the process.

Kirk (IL)/Larsen (WA)

#29

Expresses the sense of Congress that student exchange and language education programs should focus on Chinese and Arabic, in light of the global importance of China and the Middle East.

Lantos (CA)

#24

Makes a technical correction to the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GANN) program to clarify Congressional intent that a Masters Degree level institution or program is eligible to be the lead recipient of a grant under the GAANN program.

Lee (CA)

#15

Makes school counselors, school social workers and school psychologists eligible for student loan forgiveness program and identifies them as an “in need” profession in our elementary and secondary schools.

Lewis (KY)

#49

Strikes a provision from the legislation to allow states to become accreditors of independent colleges and universities. Regional accrediting entities now assure that colleges and universities are meeting standards. Prohibits state intervention into private and independent colleges and universities.

McCarthy (NY)

#21

Requires teacher preparation programs to publicly report on the number and type of teachers they are preparing.

McCarthy (NY)/Andrews (NJ)

#22

Includes nursing schools in Section 102, "Institutions Outside the United States".

McCarthy (NY)

#23

Creates a pilot program to increase the number of graduate educated nurse faculty to meet the future need for qualified nurses.

McCollum (MN)

#75

Requires colleges that participate in Federal financial aid programs to disclose information to students and the Department of Education about the college’s compliance with U.S. regulations that prohibit bonuses to admissions counselors for their recruitment efforts.

McCollum (MN)

#96

(LATE)  Strikes Section 204 and related sections. This amendment strikes the Teacher Incentive Fund provisions and requires the Secretary of Education to direct any funds appropriated for the Teacher Incentive Fund to financial assistance to higher education institutions located in areas affected by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

McKeon (CA)

#103

(LATE)  Managers Amendment. Makes many technical changes that will reword certain phrases or make changes to ensure that our bill conforms to language currently included in the Higher Education Act.  In addition, the Manager’s Amendment updates all the reauthorization years to begin in fiscal year 2007 (and authorizes for the 5 succeeding years).  Additional policy changes are:
Title I - Modifies the College Cost provisions to streamline and reduce unnecessary reporting requirements.
Title III - Adds three postsecondary institutions to the list of named institutions authorized to participate in Historically Black Graduate Institutions programs; Provide for a minimum grant of $500,000 for Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities.
Title IV - Retains current law for the Campus-Based Aid formula and adds a GAO study of the current allocation formula; Retains current law for the TRIO programs formula, adds a GAO study of the current allocation formula, and modifies the TRIO accountability provisions; Provides for coordination of issues important to foster care youth within the TRIO and GEAR UP programs; Clarifies the obligations of accrediting agencies when making accreditation determinations; Includes a study of distance education programs and practices; Enhances coordination within programs to better serve foster care students; Clarifies the States as accreditors provisions to ensure that institutions continue to choose who they want to be accredited by and that a state cannot require an institution to be accredited by that state; Requires student loan lenders to work with institutions of higher education and any student loan servicers contracting with that institution to prevent student loan borrowers from defaulting; Allows the Secretary to reserve funds within the High School Equivalency Program/ College Assistance Migrant Program for technical assistance activities; Clarifies treatments of the US territories for purposes of eligibility for student financial aid.
Title VI - Allows Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education activities to support anti- piracy efforts on college campuses.
Title IX - Part A- Education of the Deaf Act - Makes technical edits; Part B – Additional Education Laws - Strikes repeal of a study on female participation in intercollegiate athletics; Conforms authorization of the Campus Violence Grants by deleting the HEA authority as these programs are now authorized under VAWA

McMorris (WA)

#94

(LATE)  Adds uses of funds to Title II (Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants) to increase the number of teachers qualified to teach Advanced Placement (AP) courses; Adds uses of funds to the current law Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program to authorize adjunct teacher opportunities and critical foreign language activities.

Millender-McDonald (CA)

#4

Makes mentoring a component of the community services programs under work-study. The program can be coordinated between the eligible institution and the public and private organizations and entities that will participate in providing mentoring for children in foster care (such as faith-based organizations, foster care/adoption agencies, children’s groups, State Departments of Social Services, public school systems).

Millender-McDonald (CA)

#3

Directs the Secretary of Education to advocate for and support the addition of foster-care mentoring programs as part of the independent study requirements if such independent study requirements are required for graduation in the following areas of Education, Sociology, and  Psychology at 4-year or 2-year institutions. The duration of the program would be as outlined by academic requirements for graduation.

Millender-McDonald (CA)

#6

Clarifies the due process owed to educational institutions throughout the accreditation process.  The amendment would: (1) provide express Congressional definition of minimum due process for educational institutions; and (2) require key accreditation decision-making to be made in public and after an opportunity for public comment

Miller (NC)/Bishop (NY)

#89

(LATE)  Establishes a pre-competitive innovation investment grant program that will assist colleges and universities in establishing precompetitive technology transfer centers.

Miller (CA)/Kildee (MI)/Grijalva (AZ)/Davis (IL)/Scott (VA)

#90

(LATE) Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute.  Lowers student loan interest rates; establishes a new Predominantly Black Serving Institution program to boost college participation rates of low-income, black students; establishes a new graduate Hispanic Serving Institution program; provides for year-round Pell grants; repeals the Single Lender rule.

Miller (CA)/McCarthy (NY)

#91

(LATE)  Offers up-front tuition assistance to undergraduates committed to a teaching career, and seeks to establish teachers in fields like math and science.  Establishes grants with which local districts can provide competitive salaries to their best teachers in the most high-need areas.   

Musgrave (CO)

#92

(LATE)  Includes all home school children as eligible applicants for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program.

Norton (DC)

#93

(LATE)  Amends title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to include the University of the District of Columbia as an eligible institution in Section 326 to receive funding for its qualified graduate programs.

Norton (DC)

#95

(LATE)  Amends Section 496 to clarify the current statutory due process requirements, require cited institutions to receive notice of the deficiencies and be provided the opportunity to respond, grant cited institutions the right to assistance of counsel, and change the final appeals procedure to provide an alternative dispute resolution component.

Petri (WI)/Miller (CA)

#27

Inserts at the end of part G of title IV of the bill, the provisions of HR 1425, the Student Aid Reward Program.

Porter (NV)

#79

Expands loan relief in areas of national need to include qualified public service employees.

Ryan (OH)

#8

Requires the Education Secretary to award grants of not more than $25,000 each on a competitive basis to not more than 20 institutions of higher education to enable those schools to determine the feasibility of operating a course material rental program on their campuses. The feasibility studies would determine the effectiveness and cost of a program which expands the services of bookstores to provide the option for students to rent course materials in order to achieve savings for students.

Ryan (OH)

#7

Requires institutions of higher education to waive academic progress requirements for interruptions of study caused by active military service.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)

#111

(LATE)  Adds language so that paragraph 4 of section 513 enables students receiving financial assistance to receive some sufficient to cover elevated costs of living that exist in some regions.

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)

#112

(LATE)  Adds language so that SECTION 131(b)(1) will require the website to provide, along with other data elements of importance, information which will be useful to minority student populations. For example, by including Hispanic Serving Institutions as a search criterion in the website’s college search, students will be able to target the universities which may provide scholarships or areas of study of their preference.   PLACEHOLDER

Sanchez, Loretta  (CA)

#113

(LATE)  Adds language so that SECTION 131(b)(3)(B) reads as follows:  “includes clear and uniform information determined to be relevant to prospective students, enrolled students, and families; in both English and Spanish”.  This amendment will require all the information in the website to be presented in both English and Spanish.  PLACEHOLDER

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)

#114

(LATE)  Adds a new paragraph so that the new SECTION 131(c)(2) requires the schools in the website to present a list of scholarships they offer.  This will help students who are eligible for specific scholarships to identify institutions who offer that specific type of scholarship.  PLACEHOLDER

Sanchez, Loretta (CA)

#115

(LATE)  Adds language so that SECTION 131(d) will require the information under this section to be in both English and Spanish.  PLACEHOLDER

Sanchez,  Loretta (CA)

#116

(LATE)  Adds language so that SECTION 401A(a)(1) will oblige recipients of federal student aid to receive some instruction in financial literacy and responsibility to better manage their financial aid.  PLACEHOLDER

Scott (GA)/Drake (VA)/Weiner (NY)

#69

Establishes a student loan repayment program within the Department of Education for borrowers who agree to remain employed, for at least three years, as public attorneys who are: (1) State or local criminal prosecutors; or (2) State, Local, or Federal public defenders in criminal cases.  The repayment under this program will be limited to $6000 per calendar year and $40,000 total.

Scott (VA)

#83

Requires degree granting institutions to collect hate crimes data using the same crime categories that the FBI is required to use under the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1991.

Sessions (TX)

#5

Allows students with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation) access to Federal work-study funds for enrollment in comprehensive post-secondary education programs that improve students’ academic and personal skills, independence, and employability.  Currently, approximately 94 higher education institutions nationwide offer programs for students with intellectual disabilities.  However, these students are not able to access Federal work-study funds due to disqualifying factors such as the absence of a high school diploma or enrollment in non-degree education programs. Federal work-study funds to these students would be dispersed from current work-study resources and implemented at the discretion of higher education institutions. Additionally, this amendment would not create a new Federal program and therefore requires no cost to the Federal government.

Souder (IN)/Bishop (NY)

#35

Strikes language pertaining to the accreditation of an institution and the public disclosure of its transfer policies.

Strickland (OH)

#70

Requires that the maximum authorized Pell grant award increases every year by a percentage equal to the percent increase in the cost of higher education, according to the Price Indexes for Personal Consumption Expenditures by Type of Product of the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce.

Strickland (OH)

#71

Defines and sets minimum standards for "educational organizations" eligible for teacher education partnership grants under Title II of the bill.

Strickland (OH)

#53

Expands the loan forgiveness program for FFEL and DL borrowers to all teachers working in low-income schools who became first-time borrowers on or after October 1, 1990.

Stupak (MI)

#78

Provides Federal student loan relief to borrowers who go into school administration in low-income school districts. Applies to any borrower who has been employed as a full-time school superintendent, principal, or other administrator for five consecutive complete school years in a school district in a low-income area.

Tierney (MA)/Kind (WI)

#76

Prohibits the campus-based aid funding formula changes from taking place until the Secretary of Education certifies that sufficient funding has been appropriated so that no school loses money.

Tierney (MA)/McCollum (MN)

#40

Provides incentives to make tuition affordable. Provides that any institution of higher education that keeps its net tuition price increase below the Higher Education Price Index receives a 25 percent increase to the Pell Grant award of its Pell Grant recipients and any institution that guarantees net tuition price increases below the Higher Education Price Index for five years receives a 10 percent increase to the Pell Grant award of its Pell Grant recipients. Institutions that raise net tuition price by more than the Higher Education Price Index shall submit a report explaining the causes of such an increase and detailing a plan for preventing such increases in the future.

Tierney (MA)/McCollum (MN)

#41

Commissions the National Research Council to conduct a national study to determine the viability of developing and implementing standards in environmental, health, and safety areas to provide for differential regulation of industrial laboratories and facilities, on the one hand, and research and teaching laboratories on the other. The National Research Council shall make specific recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes that are needed to develop such a differential approach.

Tierney (MA)/McCollum (MN)

#42

Creates an articulation agreement demonstration program, monitored by the Department of Education, to encourage institutions of higher education to enter into articulation agreements or consortia groups, as a means to lower tuition prices to students.

Tierney (MA)/McCollum (MN)

#43

Renews states’ commitment to affordable college education by ensuring that they maintain their own level of college financing. Gives students and families access to accurate information about the cost of college and steps individual schools are taking to offer affordable rates of tuition.

Tierney (MA)

#44

Commissions a study by the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance to examine the adequacy of current financial aid programs and the extent to which every qualified eligible student receives a sufficient comprehensive financial aid package from all sources, including aid from Federal financial aid programs under this title, state financial aid programs, institutional financial aid programs, and privately-funded grant aid programs.

Tierney (MA)/McCollum (MN)

#45

Commissions a GAO Study on college costs and the relationship between state, Federal and institutional support for higher education and college costs.

Waters (CA)

#56

Extends eligibility for Centers of Excellence program funds to states in which a major disaster has occurred under Section 402 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for a period of two years following the date of Presidential declaration.

Wilson (NM)

#11

Provides authority for Mathematics and Science Education Coordinating Councils to support regional workshops designed to permit educators, administrators responsible for professional development and curriculum development, and faculty of teacher preparation programs to share successful research based strategies for improving student achievement in mathematics and science instruction in elementary and secondary schools.

Wu (OR)/Simmons (CT)

#9

Allows student loan borrowers to refinance their student loans. Upon reconsolidation, the borrower would get a variable rate with a cap of 6.8 percent.
 

Wu (OR)/McGovern (MA)

#10

Increases the Pell Grant award to $8,000 through the use of mandatory funds over a period of 5 years.