NEA on the Definition of 'Institution of Higher Education': Retain Two Separate Definitions
NEA opposes proposals currently under consideration in the House that call for a "single definition" of an "Institution of Higher Education" (IHE), thereby making all IHEs, including for-profit institutions, eligible for a wide range of federal education programs such as the Higher Education Act's Title III and Title V.
Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Act are intended to foster development of public and private nonprofit institutions serving special populations and addressing national needs.
The limited funds available for these programs should not be diverted to for-profit institutions, which, by definition, need to concentrate primarily on the bottom line.
Maintaining separate definitions for public/nonprofit institutions and for-profit institutions recognizes the different missions of the two types of institutions, while still allowing students at for-profit institutions to take advantage of federal student assistance programs.
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