As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Nov. 8, 1965, I’d like to offer my personal insights into the impact of this life-changing legislation.

The HEA allowed the dreams of a boy from Hanford – who was willing to work hard but had very limited financial resources – to come true. I am one of the millions who have received Pell Grants, which allow students with little means to access higher education.

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