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Higher Education Act

Law 20 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. (1965)

legal Definition of Higher Education Act

provided needs-based scholarships and loans for undergraduates and authorized a National Teachers Corps. Citing “the appalling frequency with which a student is presently forced to forgo the opportunity of [higher] education because of inability to meet the costs,” a Democratic Congress passed the bill as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society Program. The Act signaled a transition from institutional assistance to individual student aid.

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