Over the past decade, college costs have continued to soar, forcing students and their families to take out larger loans to pursue higher education. Unfortunately the Obama Administration has implemented rules that make this situation worse by imposing new burdensome regulations on states and academic institutions. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal the Department of Education's intrusion into academic affairs, including the Department's new definition of a credit hour. Concerns have been raised that this federal definition unnecessarily restricts colleges from implementing new and innovative programs that could give students the flexibility they need to meet their academic needs, graduate early, and save money in the process. The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act also repeals a Department rule that forces states to follow federal requirements when determining whether to grant approval to a college or university seeking permission to operate within that state. Congressman Miller supports this legislation because he believes that adding new regulatory burdens will only increase costs and limits student choice. He will continue working to increase student access to a quality, affordable education.