H.R. 3136, Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2014

Cost Estimate
July 15, 2014

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
on July 10, 2014

H.R. 3136 would reserve $1 million from funding for the Department of Education to authorize the Secretary to select up to 20 eligible entities to participate in demonstration projects related to competency-based education. Competency-based education focuses on measuring student achievement through an assessment of a student’s knowledge and skills rather than by the completion of clock or credit hours.

CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 3136 would require $1 million for administrative
costs for the department over the 2015-2019 period, assuming the availability of
appropriated funds.

Additionally, CBO projects that enacting the bill could affect direct spending for student
loans and Pell grants; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO
estimates that any direct spending effects would be insignificant for each year and over
the 2015-2024 period. Enacting the bill would have no effect on revenues.

H.R. 3136 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal
governments.