WASHINGTON — One of the top Republicans on the Senate’s tax-writing committee urged Congress to review all higher education tax incentives and expenditures, including tax-exempt bonds, as part of comprehensive tax reform.

At a Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this week, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa., noted that tax-exemption is the third most expensive tax incentive in the higher education sector, totaling more than $18 billion. Wednesday’s hearing focused on the variety of tax expenditures and whether they are a contributing factor to the rising costs of a college education.

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