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Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)


Summary of the Proposal

FIPSE, established by the Higher Education Act Amendments of 1972, awards grants "to improve postsecondary education opportunities by encouraging the reform, innovation, and improvement of postsecondary education, and providing equal educational opportunity for all." Total funding for FIPSE equalled $18 million in FY 97.

FIPSE grant competitions include:

The Comprehensive Program:

In recognition of this program's outstanding success over the past 25 years, both the Department of Education and the higher education community have recommended that FIPSE be reauthorized without substantial change in its statute. Three minor amendments are proposed here to: 1) clarify the range of eligible grantees; 2) provide for increased staff flexibility; and 3) encourage applicants to address the need to restructure institutions to improve learning and promote cost efficiencies, and to promote articulation between two-year and four-year institutions.

NOTE: The administration will seek appropriations for the authorized levels shown in the bill, within an overall budget that adheres to the discretionary spending limits to which the President and Congress have agreed in the pending Balanced Budget Act of 1997.



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