For too long, higher education policy at the federal level has been focused on what is good for institutions, not what is best for students. Colleges and universities have powerful lobbyists and access to Members of Congress and their staff, and for decades policymakers have assumed that what those voices want is the same as what students need.
As Congress works to update the Higher Education Act, we must shift the focus to where it should be: ensuring that higher education is truly serving its students.
Serving students in higher education means guaranteeing all students can access and complete a high-quality program that equips them to get a good job and pay off their loans.
Serving students in higher education means ensuring all students can afford to attend the institution of their choice and limited resources are targeted at low-income students who need them most.
Serving students in higher education means crafting all policies to accomplish the historical mission of the Higher Education Act: helping students who have been traditionally underserved.