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H.R. 6543 (115th): Aim Higher Act

About the bill

American student loan debt now exceeds $1.5 trillion, ranking even higher than auto loan debt or credit card debt. What to do?

The Aim Higher Act [H.R. 6543] is House Democrats’ main proposal.

What the bill does

Among the provisions in the 811-page bill:

  • Expands federal Pell grants to more “short-term courses,” in addition to the courses and programs already covered.
  • Prohibiting for-profit colleges which spend less than 50% of their tuition revenue on actual education or teaching from using any federal funding or advertising, marketing, or lobbying ...

Sponsor and status

Robert “Bobby” Scott

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 26, 2018
Length: 811 pages

Jul 26, 2018
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 26, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Jul 26, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 6543 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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