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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Federal Higher Education Policy in the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting on higher education policy issues that have been prominent in the Democratic presidential primary, with coverage of "the legislative agendas of the Democratic presidential candidates featured in the last debate to see where they stood on the most popular higher-ed policy issues." Read the full article here (subscription required).

Meanwhile, Inside Higher Education is reporting on the recent claim by President Donald Trump that he "saved" Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Inside Higher Education reports that while the FUTURE Act, which restored federal funding for HBCUs, "is important... it’s a stretch at best for the president to claim he single-handedly saved the colleges by signing the law. However, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education can make legitimate points when touting their support for the sector." The administration's actions that HBCUs favor include support for year-round Pell Grants, rescinding the Obama-era Borrower Defense Rule, and canceling "more than $300 million in federal relief loans that four historically black colleges took out after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit in 2005." Read the full article here.

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