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Conference Report on H.R. 4137, Higher Education Opportunity Act

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CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 4137, HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY ACT -- (House of Representatives - July 31, 2008)

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Mr. HOLT. Mr. Speaker, I would like to join the others in commending Chairman Miller and Mr. McKeon and allow me to point out some of the good provisions that are in this bill that I have worked on.

It allows Pell Grants to be used year round and by part-time students. It empowers community colleges to provide childcare programs so that working mothers can attend school. It has grants and loan forgiveness for math, science, and foreign language students who pledge to work in those areas after graduation.

As the chairman just said, it creates a deputy assistant secretary for international and foreign language education. It directs the Institute of Medicine to study the shortage of nursing faculty, which is one of the principal reasons for the shortage of nurses in America.

It provides funding to institutions of higher education that encourage science and engineering students to develop foreign language proficiency. It creates a scholarship database of financial assistance for post-secondary and graduate programs in science, technology, and engineering.

There are many other good features in this bill, and I, again, commend those who put it together. And I urge my colleagues to support it.

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