Higher Education Opportunity Act

November 3, 2008

On August 14, 2008 President Bush signed the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137) into law. This bill amends and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965. The majority of the bill relates to improving oversight and accountability of the college financial aid process.

Three other sections of the bill are of particular interest to Campus Compact members and civic engagement practitioners:

  • Allowing for the creation of grants to support loan forgiveness for public service
  • Providing additional funding for community-based federal work-study
  • The GAP (Grants for Access and Persistence) program, which supports mentoring and college preparation programs for at-risk students

The GAP program builds upon an already-existing federal program that is currently receiving funding. As of November 2008, the other programs have not yet had funds appropriated to them.

Read Campus Compact’s summary of the sections addressing loan forgiveness for public service, community-based federal work-study, and Grants for Access and Persistence.

Download the American Council on Education’s analysis of the entire bill, including the sections about the financial aid process.

View the full text of the bill from GovTrack

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