H.R.1777

To make technical corrections to the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.

3/30/2009--Passed House without amendment.    (There is 1 other summary)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Makes miscellaneous and technical amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 (the Act).

Title I: General Provisions - Makes technical amendments to title I of the Act.

(Sec. 101) Amends the Higher Education Opportunity Act to make the date of such Act's enactment, August 14, 2008, the effective date of its revisions to the general definition of institutions of higher education (IHEs).

Amends the Act to consider foreign public or private nonprofit nursing schools which were participating in the Act's Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program on August 13, 2008, as continuing to be eligible to participate in such program.

Title II: Teacher Quality Enhancement: Makes technical amendments to title II of the Act.

Title III: Institutional Aid - Makes technical amendments to title III of the Act.

>(Sec. 301) Excludes Howard University, which receives assistance under the Act of March 2, 1867, from eligibility for capacity-building grants to Predominantly Black Institutions under title III of the Act.

Title IV: Student Assistance - Makes technical amendments to title IV of the Act.

(Sec. 401) Increases amounts authorized and appropriated in FY2013 and FY2015 for increases in the maximum Pell Grant award.

(Sec. 402) Revises the FFEL default reduction program to allow guaranty agencies to assign rehabilitated loans to the Secretary of Education, until October 2011, if they have not been able to sell the loans to eligible lenders and the Secretary determines that market conditions unduly limit their ability to do so. Requires the removal of adverse information concerning such rehabilitated loans from a borrower's credit history.

Prohibits eligible FFEL lenders from offering inducements to any individuals or entities in order to secure FFEL applicants. (Currently, IHEs and their employees may not be offered such inducements.)

(Sec. 404) Authorizes the Secretary to purchase, or enter into forward commitments to purchase, rehabilitated FFELs that eligible lenders purchased under the FFEL default reduction program from October 2003 through June 2010, provided such purchase does not result in any net cost to the federal government.

Conditions the purchase of such loans on the agreement of lenders to use the funds from such purchases to originate new federal loans to students or to purchase rehabilitated loans under the default reduction program.

(Sec. 406) States that, beginning with the 20009-2010 school year, the expected family contribution, used in determining a student's eligibility for federal student aid, shall be zero for students who are eligible for Pell grants and whose parent or guardian was killed while performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.

(Sec. 407) Delays the implementation of the EZ FAFSA (FreeApplication for Federal Student Aid), a simplified format for use in applying for federal student aid, until the 2010-2011 school year.

(Sec. 409) Delays from July 1, 2009 to July 1, 2010, the implementation of the Competitive Loan Auction Pilot program, under which biennial auctions are to be held in each state allowing prequalified lenders to compete for the exclusive right to make FFEL program PLUS loans at all IHEs within the state.

Title V: Developing Institutions - Makes a technical amendment to title IV of the Act.

Title VI: International Education Programs - Makes technical amendments to title VI of the Act.

Title VII: Graduate and Postsecondary Improvement - Makes technical amendments to title VII of the Act.

Title VIII: Additional Programs - Makes technical amendments to title VIII of the Act.

(Sec. 802) Makes technical amendments to the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 and Education of the Deaf Act of 1986.

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