Federal Policy > Higher Education Access

The Higher Education Act (HEA) governs most student aid programs implemented at the federal level. Ninety-five percent of HEA funding flows to Title IV loans and grants, such as Pell Grants, which provide tuition assistance to people enrolled in college or other approved courses of study after high school. Most federal tuition assistance is currently oriented toward "traditional" college students, despite the fact that nearly three-quarters of all undergraduates — such as part-time students, students enrolled in non-credit vocational education at local community colleges, and other working adults — are “non-traditional” students, often creating a mismatch between need and availability of tuition assistance.

This page contains reports, fact sheets, analysis and news on higher education access, as well as policy recommendations to allow greater access to tuition assistance for non-traditional students.

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