Promoting FAFSA to Get More Students Into Higher Education

The pandemic has exacerbated affordability challenges as young adults and students were more likely than other workers to become unemployed and face challenges such as disruptions in housing or child care.


Education Finance in the Time of COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will have a yet unknown—but most certainly unprecedented—impact on states’ education budgets. As states amend or revise their education budgets and finances to meet current fiscal conditions, this page will be updated to reflect those actions.
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Higher Education Legislation in 2020

As of December, nearly 300 bills were passed and signed by governors in the 2020 sessions (compared to over 640 enacted bills in 2019).


Improving Early Learning: 2020 State Policy Actions

Pandemic outcomes have created new types of inequalities and exacerbated existing deficits for the most vulnerable students. This year, states continued to work on making their early education systems more equitable and effective for all students.


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Education Bill Tracking and Databases

The NCSL Education Program has nine different tools to track legislation in areas including early learning, postsecondary education, and school safety.


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The Education Standing Committee has jurisdiction over P-20 education issues, early childhood education, K-12 reform efforts, higher education, school violence, special education, teachers, school finance and adequacy. Policy directive and resolutions adopted by the committee guide lobbying on education issues. See a roster of members and staff contacts.