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Higher Education Policy at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations advocates for a wide range of higher education policies, programs and funding levels including federal student aid programs (such as the Pell Grant, federal loans and campus based programs), accreditation, federal regulations, graduate education, and international education programs.

The primary federal law that governs institutions of higher education is the Higher Education Act. Subject to periodic reauthorization, this law covers everything from federal student aid programs, accreditation, disclosure of consumer information, and policies related to access, affordability and completion. The law expired in 2013 and is currently the subject of numerous congressional hearings and discussions. In anticipation of the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the office is working with campus faculty and administrators and higher education associations to develop federal priorities for reauthorization. The issues included in the Higher Education Act are of the utmost importance to Vanderbilt and our students as they have a direct impact on students’ ability to afford, access and complete post-secondary education.

For more information on offices at Vanderbilt that directly address these issues for students and faculty, please visit the following websites:

Vanderbilt Higher Education Resources

Tuition and Affordability at Vanderbilt