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General Overview of the Higher Education Opportunity Act

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Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA)

  • Enacted and effective Aug 14, 2008 to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965 with new amendments.
  • Any college receiving Title IV funding (Federal Financial Aid) is REQUIRED to comply.
  • New sections addressing costs to students including textbooks as well as tuition and fee transparency.
  • Other notable changes include:
    • State appropriations must equal previous five year funding average or risk losing some federal grant funding.
    • Numerous changes to Pell Grants.
    • Increased institutional responsibility for student loan administration.
    • Campus Safety Planning.
    • Planning to detect and prevent unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material on campus networks.
    • Improvements to the FAFSA process.