Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Higher education consistently leads to increased earnings and employment stability, but for many women this road to economic self-sufficiency is out of reach because of high tuition and attendance costs.

On July 31, 2008 Congress passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which reauthorized the Higher Education Act. The bill was signed by President Bush soon after. The HEOA contains several provisions that expanded supports available to women and parents to help them succeed in higher education. However, funding for most of the new policies and programs is unlikely to begin before Fiscal Year 2010.

Policy Resources

College Cost Reduction Act: An Overview

Women Work! Recommendations to the House Education and Labor Committee on Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Women Work! Endorsement of the Student Debt Relief Act (S. 359), sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy.

in House

in Senate

Passed in House

Passed in Senate


Signed by

11/9/07 2/25/08 2/7/08 7/29/08 7/31/08 8/14/08