Congress Passes Higher Education Act

1965

Congress passes the Higher Education Act, which allocates money for the acquisition of books and other library materials in colleges, as well as for improving and extending teacher education programs, strengthening programs related to community problems such as housing and poverty, and for giving low-interest loans to needy students. These loans can be canceled if the student works in certain public service professions after graduation, including full-time teaching of children with disabilities in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school system. This act also authorizes loans and grants to institutions of higher learning for bringing facilities into compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act and creates the National Teachers Corps, a federal program aimed at recruiting and training minority teachers.