Our nation has a rich history of recognizing higher education as vital to both individual and societal advancement. From the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890 to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as well as the GI Bill of 1944 and the Post-9/11 GI Bill of 2008, policymakers have wisely sought to make a college education–and all of the many benefits associated with it–available to as many people as possible. Our federal government’s sustained investments in higher education build upon this foundation to promote college access, affordability, and completion.
APLU advocates for improvements in higher education policy and increased investment in federal financial aid to Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and other federal agencies. APLU priorities include expanding access to postsecondary learning for students of all ages and backgrounds, ensuring that students have the financial resources they need to pay for complete their education, and providing students with the tools and information they need to succeed and complete their credential or degree and successfully enter the workforce. APLU engages lawmakers in the annual appropriations process, advocating for increased investments in federal student aid, the Pell Grant Program, as well as federal programs that bolster in campus-based aid, college access, international studies, and graduate education.