Congress is currently in the process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA). Congress can be expected to address such issues as college affordability, costs and student debt; accountability; loans and grants; consumer information and data; accreditation; and innovation. In light of the report on the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, we expect to see a significant effort targeted at excessive regulation. CECU is working with Congress and has submitted comments to both the House and Senate outlining priorities for career education colleges and universities and the students we serve.
The current HEA was set to expire at the end of 2013 but has now been extended through 2015 as Congress tries to work out a comprehensive reauthorization. CECU proposes a number of recommendations that should be considered by Congress.
CECU is proud that our member institutions serve many veterans and active duty military personnel. Career education colleges and universities are leading the way because our flexible schedules and academic delivery fit the needs of today's veteran.
Federal financial aid is an important and primary issue for CECU. Our primary focus is strengthening policies that help low-income students and families who lack opportunities to pursue a postsecondary education without federal student aid.
CECU closely monitors the annual federal budget and appropriations. We pay special attention to policies and decisions that may impact the federal student aid programs or alter regulations our member institutions must comply with.