SHERIDAN — Several members of the Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees met yesterday at Sheridan College to receive a briefing on possible changes on the federal level to the Higher Education Act Reauthorization.
The act affects students who receive Pell Grants or Direct Student Loans from the federal government.
Dr. Susan Bigelow, vice-president for external affairs and economic development, researched the topic and put together an educational workshop for trustees in preparation for an upcoming national meeting.
Two trustees, Jerry Iekel and Walter Wragge, will travel to Washington, D.C., Feb. 10-13 to attend the Community College National Legislative Summit.
As part of their trip, the trustees will meet with Wyoming’s congressional delegation on Feb. 12 to discuss issues related to higher education and financial aid.
Bigelow told the trustees that due to ballooning costs associated with higher education, coupled with rising rates of default on some federal loans, Congress has been holding hearings looking at possibly making changes to the Higher Education Act.
Bigelow said the issue is very important locally, as federal aid received by NWCCD students in fiscal year 2013 came in at $6,211,150. The amount was almost equally divided between Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans.