The Higher Education Act (HEA) is the federal law that governs the administration of federal student aid programs. The HEA was originally passed in 1965 and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. To encourage growth and change, it must be re-approved, or "reauthorized," by Congress approximately every five years. In addition to major reauthorization bills, Congress also considers many bills that may directly or indirectly impact the HEA.
For information about recent legislation that impacts higher education, see TG's Policymakers pages.