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Advocacy Letters

As the voice of the college admission counseling profession, NACAC regularly sends letters to Congress, the Department of Education, and other relevant agencies and organizations, often in collaboration with other education advocacy organizations and coalitions. See the advocacy letters NACAC has sent this year regarding our federal and state policy priorities below.

NACAC supports HR 2639 (September 2020)

NACAC conveyed its support for HR 2639, which authorizes federal funding to provide planning and implementation grants to support voluntary local efforts to increase racial diversity and socioeconomic diversity in K-12 schools.

NACAC and others Urge Congress to Include Aid in next COVD bill (August 2020)

NACAC joined numerous other higher education associations in a letter to Congress urging the inclusion of student and institutional aid provisions in next COVID bill

NACAC and other urge Changes to PPP and MSLP (August 2020)

NACAC and several other higher education associations urge Congress to make changes to Paycheck Protection Program and the Main Street Lending Program in the next COVID-19 relief package.

NACAC urges student loan relief in future COVID-10 Legislation (July 2020)

NACAC joined several other higher education organizations calling on Congress to help student loan borrowers by extending and expanding loan relief provisions that were included in the CARES Act.

Seeking clarity regarding the status of incoming international students (July 2020)

Higher education associations wrote to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeking clarity regarding the status of incoming international students.

Higher education associations weigh in on next COVID-19 legislation (July 2020)

Higher education associations write to encourage Congress to give careful consideration to ensure that any new initiatives in the next COVID-19 supplemental appropriations act are implemented effectively by the Department of Education.

NACAC Joins 42 organizations urge Congress to include oversight of higher education funding to protect students and taxpayers (July 2020)

In order to properly safeguard students and the taxpayer dollars being provided to institutions, we ask that the following policy protections be included in any additional funding package

NACAC Joins Effort to Expand Eligibility for Refundable Tax Credit for Paid Sick and FMLA Leave Mandates (June 2020)

Higher education associations write to urge that public and private nonprofit colleges and universities eligible for the paid sick and family leave refundable tax credit created in the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” (FFCRA).

NACAC Joins Effort to Urge Unemployment Insurance Relief for Colleges and Universities (June 2020)

Higher education associations write to seek relief from Department of Labor (DOL) guidance implementing Section 2103 of the CARES Act, which provides emergency unemployment relief to governmental entities and nonprofits.

NACAC Joins Comments Regarding Proposed Accreditation Standards and Revisions (May 2020)

NACAC and others comment on the New England Commission of Higher Education’s (NECHE) proposed standards and policy revisions.

NACAC and Other Education Groups Express Support for the HEROES Act (May 2020)

NACAC and other associations to express our support for H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (or HEROES) Act.

Letter regarding to the Main Street Lending program (MSLP) and the creation of a new lending facility for non-profits (May 2020)

Higher education associations comment on the Main Street Lending program (MSLP) and the creation of a new lending facility for non-profits.

NACAC and others Urge Congress to expand the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) to nonprofits (May 2020)

Higher education associations write in support of the language included in the recently passed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, that would require the Federal Reserve to expand the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) to nonprofits, including nonprofit private and public institutions of higher education.

Congress Urged to Expand the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to all nonprofits (May 2020)

Higher education associations write in support of the language included in the recently passed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, that expands the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to all nonprofits, regardless of size.

81 national organizations are now urging Congress to double the Pell Grant (May 2020)

81 organizations write to urge Congress to invest in and protect the Pell Grant program — the nation’s cornerstone investment in higher education — to ensure students have the funds to pursue postsecondary education during this emergency and in its aftermath.

PostsecData Members Encourage CARES Act Funding Data Collection (May 2020)

NACAC and fellow members of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative wrote to Department of Education leadership to encourage transparent, public reporting of institutions' spending of funds provided by the CARES Act. 

Advocacy Groups Submit Distance Education Comments (May 2020)

A group of 50 advocacy organizations including NACAC submitted comments to the Department of Education regarding proposed distance education regulations, urging the Department to maintain safeguards intended to protect students and taxpayers.

NACAC Joins Comments Regarding Proposed Accreditation Standards and Revisions (May 2020)

NACAC joined a group of fellow advocacy organizations in comments regarding the New England Commission of Higher Education’s (NECHE) proposed standards and policy revisions. 

Higher Ed Groups Respond to Immigration Executive  Order (April 2020)

Higher education associations write in response to the April 22 White House executive order regarding immigration during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as pressing issues for colleges and universities concerning the upcoming fall semester.

Higher Ed Groups Respond to Immigration Executive Order (April 2020)

In a letter to members of the Administration, NACAC and more than 60 other higher education organizations responded to the White House executive order banning immigration during the COVID-19 outbreak, sharing recommendations regarding international students.

NACAC Urges Department of Education to Reconsider CARES Act Eligibility (April 2020)

NACAC, several of its affiliates, and more than 250 other organizations urged the Department of Education to reverse guidelines stating that DACA recipients and other undocumented students are ineligible for emergency financial aid grants provided by the CARES Act.

Groups Encourage Federal Investment in State Higher Education Budgets (April 2020)

NACAC and 25 other education organizations urged Congressional leadership to invest at least $46 billion in state higher education budgets to address budget shortfalls and economic hardships caused by COVID-19.

Higher Education Groups Recommend Small Business Administration Program Changes (April 2020)

In a letter to Congressional leadership, NACAC and 35 other higher education organizations recommended changes to the Paycheck Protection Program and COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance and Loan programs created under the CARES Act.

Education Associations Submit Main Street Lending Program Comments (April 2020)

NACAC joined 48 fellow higher education organizations in comments to the Federal Reserve regarding college and university eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program. 

NACAC Urges Congress to Prevent CARES Act Taxation (April 2020)

NACAC joined ACE and other education organizations in a letter to Congressional leaders reiterating concern regarding potential taxability of CARES Act emergency student aid grants. 

Education Organizations Encourage Congress to Consider Targeted Student Loan Relief (April 2020)

NACAC joined fellow education organizations in a letter encouraging Congressional leaders outlining considerations for targeted student loan relief in light of COVID-19.

NACAC Urges Increased Education Funding (April 2020)

Nearly 400 organizations, including NACAC, signed on to a letter to Congressional appropriators calling for a significant boost to education funding in fiscal year 2021 appropriations. 

NACAC Joins Call for Additional Funding for Associations (April 2020)

NACAC joined hundreds of fellow professional and trade associations in a letter to Congress requesting additional funds for non-profit associations in the next coronavirus aid package. 

Higher Education Groups Outline Additional Support Needed from Congress (April 2020)

In a letter to Senate leadership, NACAC, American Council on Education, and other higher education organizations relayed additional needs of students, educators, and institutions, requesting that these needs be addressed and met in future coronavirus response legislation. 

NACAC, ACE, & Other Higher Education Groups Recommend Tax Proposals  (April 2020)

A group of 40 education organizations urged Congress to include tax proposals intended to support students and institutions of higher education in future COVID-19 pandemic relief legislation. 

NACAC Asks Department of Education to Consider FAFSA Verification Flexibilities (April 2020)

NACAC joined NASFAA and NCAN in a letter to the Department of Education requesting flexibility for students selected for FAFSA verification, among others, during Coronavirus-related shutdowns and delays. 

 

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