Higher Education Act of 1965 – HEA

A law designed to strengthen the educational resources of the colleges and universities of the United States and to provide financial assistance to post-secondary students. The HEA, as it is known, increased federal money given to post-secondary institutions, developed scholarship programs, provided low-interest loans to students, and founded a National Teachers Corps. Part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society domestic agenda, the Act was signed into law on November 8, 1965.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 included six titles:

Title I – Provides funding for extension and continuing education programs.
Title II – Allocates money to enhance library collections.
Title III – Provisions for strengthening developing institutions.
Title IV – Provides student assistance through scholarships, low-interest loans, and work-study programs.
Title V – Provisions for improving the quality of teaching.
Title VI – Provisions for improving undergraduate instruction.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 has undergone multiple reauthorizations and amendments, including the addition of new title initiatives.


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