09.08.05

Burr Praises Approval of Higher Education Act

Legislation Would Assist North Carolina Schools and Students and Better Prepare Workforce

Senator Richard Burr praised today's passage of the Higher Education Amendments Act of 2005. The bill would reauthorize the federal Perkins Loan program, help meet the demand for highly qualified teachers under the No Child Left Behind Act and reauthorize programs to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

"Our colleges and universities are not only a source of pride throughout the state - they also hold the key to economic growth in North Carolina," said Senator Burr, who voted in support of the bill. "This legislation will help North Carolina colleges and universities better prepare the next generation of students to be valuable participants in our state's economy."

The Higher Education Amendments Act of 2005 would also:

• Permit the Secretary of Education to award Pell grants on a yearly basis so that students may graduate from college more quickly.

• Reauthorize the GEAR Up program, which provides assistance for states or partnerships to help low-income students prepare for college.

• Support Native American serving institutions seeking to expand or improve its facilities, of critical importance to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Robeson Community College.