CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5134, a bill to extend the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA) for one year, as amended, under a suspension of the rules. H.R. 5134 was introduced on July 17, 2014 by Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) and referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
H.R. 5134 extends the authorizations of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA) for one year.
The NACIQI advises the Secretary of Education “on matters related to postsecondary accreditation and the eligibility and certification process for higher education institutions to participate in Federal student aid programs.” Its primary role is to recommend to the Secretary whether accrediting entities should be recognized by the Secretary as reliable authorities regarding the quality of the education provided by the institutions or programs they accredit. Only institutions or programs accredited by a Secretary-recognized accreditor are eligible to participate in the federal student aid programs. The ACSFA was created to be an independent and bipartisan source of advice and counsel on student financial aid policy to both Congress and the Secretary of Education. Unlike the rest of the Higher Education Act, the two committees are not covered under the automatic extension provided for the in the General Education Provisions Act and will expire at the end of fiscal year 2014.
An informal estimate from the CBO indicates a cost of approximately $1 million, assuming availability of appropriated funds.
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