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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
College Costs and Prices: Background and Issues for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

College Costs and Prices: Background and Issues for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

Date: October 3, 2003
Creator: Skinner, Rebecca R
Description: Based on available data, college tuition and fees have been rising more rapidly than household income over the past 2 decades. The divergence is particularly pronounced for low-income households and becomes less pronounced as household income increases. In analyzing price increases, researchers have considered whether a relationship exists between federal aid and price increases. There are several ways Congress could consider addressing the issue, such as imposing price controls, offering incentives for controlling prices or costs, ensuring the public is better educated about college cost and price issues, reducing regulatory burden, or changing federal financial aid programs. It is not clear which of these strategies would be most effective, or if Congress has appropriate tools at its disposal to address the issues of costs and prices.
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Financial Aid for Students: Print and Web Guides

Financial Aid for Students: Print and Web Guides

Date: October 15, 2003
Creator: Mages, Lisa
Description: None
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The Higher Education Act: Reauthorization Status and Issues

The Higher Education Act: Reauthorization Status and Issues

Date: October 29, 2003
Creator: Stedman, James B.
Description: This report provides an overview of postsecondary education (institutions and students), an overview of the Higher Education Act (HEA) with a focus on its most significant programs and provisions, and a discussion of major issues that have been, or may be, of interest to the Congress during the HEA reauthorization process.
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Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Current Programs and Legislation in the 108th Congress

Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Current Programs and Legislation in the 108th Congress

Date: February 18, 2004
Creator: Kuenzi, Jeffrey J
Description: None
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K-12 Teacher Quality: Issues and Legislative Action

K-12 Teacher Quality: Issues and Legislative Action

Date: May 14, 2004
Creator: Stedman, James B
Description: None
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Title IX, Sex Discrimination, and Intercollegiate Athletics: A Legal Overview

Title IX, Sex Discrimination, and Intercollegiate Athletics: A Legal Overview

Date: May 24, 2004
Creator: Feder, Jody
Description: This report provides an overview of Title IX in general and of the intercollegiate athletics regulations in particular. It includes a summary of the report issued by the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics and the Department of Education's (ED's) response with a discussion of recent legal challenges to the regulations and to the three-part test.
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Federal Student Loans: Terms and Conditions for Borrowers

Federal Student Loans: Terms and Conditions for Borrowers

Date: June 1, 2004
Creator: Stoll, Adam
Description: None
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Federal and Non-Federal Support of University Based Research

Federal and Non-Federal Support of University Based Research

Date: June 4, 2004
Creator: Davey, Michael E
Description: While the federal government continues to be the primary supporter of university based research and development (R&D), the financial composition of support for university-based research has changed considerably over the past 31 years. This report discusses national R&D expenditures for university based research, which reached $36.333 billion in 2002.
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K-12 Teacher Quality: Issues and Legislative Action

K-12 Teacher Quality: Issues and Legislative Action

Date: June 16, 2004
Creator: Stedman, James B
Description: None
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Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

Date: August 9, 2004
Creator: McCallion, Gail
Description: None
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Federal Student Aid Need Analysis: Background and Selected Simplification Issues

Federal Student Aid Need Analysis: Background and Selected Simplification Issues

Date: October 4, 2004
Creator: Stoll, Adam & Stedman, James B
Description: None
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Saving for College Through Qualified Tuition (Section 529) Programs

Saving for College Through Qualified Tuition (Section 529) Programs

Date: October 19, 2004
Creator: Levine, Linda
Description: None
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The Higher Education Act: Reauthorization Status and Issues

The Higher Education Act: Reauthorization Status and Issues

Date: October 20, 2004
Creator: Stedman, James B.
Description: This report provides an overview of postsecondary education (institutions and students), an overview of the Higher Education Act (HEA) with a focus on its most significant programs and provisions, and a discussion of major issues that have been, or may be, of interest to the Congress during the HEA reauthorization process.
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Monitoring Foreign Students in the United States: The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Monitoring Foreign Students in the United States: The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

Date: October 20, 2004
Creator: Siskin, Alison
Description: None
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Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government

Internships, Fellowships, and Other Work Experience Opportunities in the Federal Government

Date: October 28, 2004
Creator: Gomez, Julissa
Description: This report describes Internet resources on internships, fellowships, and work experience programs within the federal government. It is intended as a selective guide for students of all levels: high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate.
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Financial Aid for Students: Print and Web Guides

Financial Aid for Students: Print and Web Guides

Date: November 2, 2004
Creator: Mages, Lisa
Description: This report provides a list of books and Web addresses intended to help students locate financial aid. This list includes both general and comprehensive works, as well as ones targeted toward specific types of aid and circumstances (e.g., non-need-based scholarships, female and minority students, or students studying abroad).
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Federal Student Loans: Terms and Conditions for Borrowers

Federal Student Loans: Terms and Conditions for Borrowers

Date: November 16, 2004
Creator: Stoll, Adam
Description: This report discusses major provisions of the law pertaining to federal student loan borrowers who receive loans through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) and William D. Ford Direct Loan (DL) programs. The primary emphasis is placed on discussing provisions related to borrower eligibility, loan terms and conditions, borrower repayment relief, and loan default and its consequences for borrowers.
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Concurrent Enrollment Programs

Concurrent Enrollment Programs

Date: December 14, 2004
Creator: Mercer, Charmaine
Description: Initiated in part as a proposal to reform U.S. high schools, concurrent enrollment programs enable high school aged students to take college level course work and receive college credit while enrolled in high school. Concurrent enrollment programs can be best described as a secondary/postsecondary school hybrid. This report provides a brief history of these programs and a description of the different types of programs, including participation data.
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An Overview of Tax Benefits for Higher Education Expenses

An Overview of Tax Benefits for Higher Education Expenses

Date: January 3, 2005
Creator: Jackson, Pamela J
Description: None
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National Security Education Program: Background and Issues

National Security Education Program: Background and Issues

Date: January 21, 2005
Creator: Kuenzi, Jeffrey J & Riddle, Wayne C
Description: None
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The Campus-Based Financial Aid Programs: A Review and Analysis of the Allocation of Funds to Institutions and the Distribution of Aid to Students

The Campus-Based Financial Aid Programs: A Review and Analysis of the Allocation of Funds to Institutions and the Distribution of Aid to Students

Date: February 18, 2005
Creator: Smole, David P
Description: This report describes and analyzes (a) the process through which federal funds are allocated to institutions under the campus-based programs, (b) the potential for allocating all campus-based funding according to the existing need-based formulas, and (c) the current distribution of aid to students. It will be updated to track legislative proposals addressing the campus-based allocation procedures.
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Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education: Background and Funding

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education: Background and Funding

Date: April 5, 2005
Creator: Mangan, Bonnie F.
Description: The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) supports projects to encourage innovative reform and expand education opportunities to underrepresented groups. This report describes the historical context leading to the establishment of the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education, provisions governing the program, and the variety of projects funded by FIPSE.
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Campus-Based Student Financial Aid Programs Under the Higher Education Act

Campus-Based Student Financial Aid Programs Under the Higher Education Act

Date: April 21, 2005
Creator: Smole, David P.
Description: This report discusses the issues likely to be considered during reauthorization are whether the campus-based programs provide types of aid to students that are not or cannot be provided via other postsecondary aid programs, and whether the current formulas for allocating funds to institutions for the operation of these programs are optimal. Provisions specific to each program, such as requirements for community service under FWS and terms and conditions of Perkins Loans also may be considered.
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Palestinian Education and Debate Over Textbooks

Palestinian Education and Debate Over Textbooks

Date: April 27, 2005
Creator: Pina, Aaron D
Description: None
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