Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today released the following statement regarding a bipartisan agreement on the FUTURE Act in the U.S. Senate.
“APLU commends the agreement U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and Senators Scott, Jones, Burr, and Coons reached on legislation to permanently extend critical funding for HBCUs, HSIs, and other MSIs while also streamlining the financial aid process for students.
“This bill helps to cut much of the red tape that needlessly stands in the way of students receiving the financial aid they need to access and afford a college education and to successfully repay their loans. We’re particularly appreciative of the certainty the bill would provide to HBCUs, HSIs, and other MSIs on critical funding they rely upon for a range of efforts, including strengthening STEM education, enhancing research capacity, investing in academic services and student success, and providing support to students at risk of dropping out. This bipartisan bill is a big win for students.”