Sen. Hatch, other bipartisan senators introduce innovation grants higher education bill

Sens. Hatch, Bennet and Young introduced the FINISH act to promote innovation and efficiency in higher education. (Photo: MGN)

(KUTV) -- Senator Orrin Hatch and two bipartisan senators introduced an innovation grants higher education bill Thursday afternoon.

Hatch, along with Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Fund for Innovation and Success in Higher Education (FINISH) Act to promote innovation and efficiency in higher education. The legislation will improve authority evaluation along with authorizing innovative and evidence-based grant funding, Pay-for-Success projects and open educational resources.

“Innovation partnerships and Pay-for-Success projects have the potential to expand opportunity for millions of students and significantly improve the quality of our colleges,” Hatch said.

The FINISH Act received support from interest groups with a letter signed by 82 entities, such as Teach for America and Goodwill Industries International.

“This legislation encourages college access, retention, and completion, and allows schools to choose what works best for them and their students." Hatch said. "The value of higher education cannot be emphasized enough. I’m grateful to once again work with Senator Bennet and Senator Young to introduce legislation that will help a new generation of students complete college and earn a degree.”

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