October 7, 1998


I can think of no more worthy aim for a piece of legislation than to bring the riches of higher learning to the next generation of Americans. I know the Congressmen assembled here share the pride and awe I feel as I make this noble legislation the law of the land.

President Bill Clinton
October 7, 1998

Today, President Clinton is joined at the White House by Education Secretary Richard Riley and a bi-partisan group of Congressional members as he signs legislation extending the Higher Education Act and enacts five important new initiatives to improve educational opportunities, teacher preparation, and recruitment.

Extending Educational Opportunities, Strengthening Higher Education. The Higher Education Act, originally enacted in 1965, authorizes many of the federal government's programs to increase access to college, including federal Pell grants, student loans, work-study, as well as programs to improve teacher training, strengthen developing institutions, and promote innovation. Today, President Clinton is signing legislation reauthorizing the Higher Education Act for five years, and including proposals requested by the President that:

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