Higher Education Act Turns 50
November 10, 2015 Leave a comment
During his 1964 presidential campaign, Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty” and challenged Americans to build a “Great Society” that eliminated the troubles of the poor. Part of his new programs included passing Public Law 89-329, The Higher Education Act of 1965, which he signed into law on November 8, 1965 at his alma mater, Texas State University.
The purpose of this legislation was “to strengthen the educational resources of our colleges and universities and to provide financial assistance for students in postsecondary and higher education” as well as increase accessibility of higher education to all. The law increased federal money given to universities, created scholarships, gave low-interest loans for students, and established a National Teachers Corps. It promised to remove financial barriers to college for any student academically qualified.