5 Key Areas of the Senate Democrats’ Bill to Renew the Higher Education Act

By Kelly Field, Washington

Senate Democrats formally unveiled on Wednesday their plan to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, introducing a 785-page bill that aims to make college more affordable, programs more accountable, and student debt more manageable.

The sweeping measure won’t get far in the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives, where lawmakers have laid out very different priorities for reauthorization of the law. But the legislation reveals what the Democrats will push for in negotiations with Republicans, once both chambers pass a bill.