Skip to main content

Making the Higher Education Act Work for Youth Pursuing Nondegree Pathways

Updated 3/6/2024

Now more than ever, an expanded and diverse set of education-to-career pathways is necessary for young people to gain employment, advance economically, and meet the needs of our evolving economy. The federal government, through key legislative updates, has the potential to facilitate the radical cultural and systems-level changes required to build an education-to-career system that works for today’s students and maintains our global economic competitiveness. This policy brief lays out the updates needed to the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) to help systems expand foundational and high-quality education-to-career models for young adults.