Higher Education Act

The U.S. House of Representatives may soon consider the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education (PROSPER) Act, a bill reauthorizing and updating the Higher Education Act (HEA). HEA is the federal law governing higher education and includes provisions on student aid, teaching and instruction, and rules and regulations.

The PROSPER Act contains a number of alarming provisions which would:

  • Reduce, and in some cases, completely eliminate funding for programs benefiting undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Exclude graduate students from Federal Work Study;
  • Eliminate Graduate PLUS Loans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness; and
  • Make changes in law that reduce quality assurance and accountability in higher education and leave students vulnerable to poor performing programs 

If passed in its current form, the PROSPER Act would make earning a college degree more expensive, exclusive and without the necessary and longstanding quality controls in place. Leaders from throughout the higher education community—including at Pitt—have voiced their concerns to Congress.

 You, too, can make your voice heard on this important issue.

You can use the form on this page to contact your elected officials and help protect and preserve student aid and the University of Pittsburgh’s mission to leverage knowledge for society’s gain.