Advocacy Letters - 2021

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, Coalition Praises President Biden's Proposed investment for Title IV-A Programs (May 2021)
NACAC, along with the members of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV-A Coalition, issued a statement praising the $1.22 billion for the bipartisan Student Support and Academic Enrichment block grant program under Title IV-A of ESSA supporting programs that, among other things, support school counselors and college advising/preparation.

From the recommendations NACAC provided for the administration's first 100 days, the Biden administration has completed or made significant progress toward nearly all of them. For more details on the accomplishments of the Biden administration, read the Journal of College Admission article on the NACAC policy victories.

NACAC supports HR 2700 on providing critical protections for students and taxpayers (April 2021)
NACAC sent a letter of support to Rep. McBath (D-GA) for introducing the “For-Profit College Conversion Act of 2021” (HR 2700). This bill would expand a much-needed oversight for for-profit college conversation to non-profit college status. 

NACAC and other organizations oppose lawmaker’s proposal on restricting student’s voting participation (April 2021)
Along with other organizations, NACAC call on all lawmakers to expand voting and civic participation rather than prohibiting students from using their campus address to register or qualifying for an absentee ballot. All eligible voters should be able to exercise their right to cast a ballot.

NACAC joins higher education organizations in support of ED’s Under Secretary (April 2021)
Along with other higher education organizations, NACAC supports the nomination of James Kvaal as Under Secretary for ED. Mr. Kvaal comprehensive knowledge of higher education and federal postsecondary policy is a critical role in higher education.

NACAC urges Congress for support of FY 2022 (April 2021)
NACAC and other members of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) urge Congress to support the historic increase in education investments presented by President Biden’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 request.

NACAC supports legislation providing protections for Veterans against predatory colleges (April 2021)
In a letter to Senator Schatz (D-HI), NACAC supports the “Veterans Educational Assistance Transparency and Accountability Improvement Act of 2021”. This legislation would make a significant improvement in the availability of information to Veterans seeking to enroll in college.

NACAC and other organizations urge ED Secretary to provide relief for defrauded student loan borrowers (April 2021)
Along with other organizations, NACAC urges ED Secretary, Dr. Miguel Cardona, to take quick action on the continued withholding of relief to borrowers defrauded by predatory schools. The prompt actions should provide a fair and efficient adjudication process and hold schools accountable.

PostsecData, National Skills Coalition, NACAC, along with other organizations applaud the introduction of the College Transparency Act of 2021 (April 2021)
NACAC and other organizations applaud the introduction of the College Transparency Act of 2021 for championing all-around education transparency. This act will empower students and families when making decisions about their education such as costs, outcomes, but as well as about their policymakers and institutions. 

NACAC supports legislation providing funding for school districts to hire school counselors (March 2021)
In a letter to Representative Sánchez (D-CA), NACAC expressed its support for the “Put School Counselors Where They Are Needed” Act (H.R. 614) acknowledging and providing funding to the critical shortage of counselors in schools serving large numbers of low-income students.

NACAC joins higher education organizations in urging Congress to double the Pell Grant (March 2021)
NACAC and nearly 1,200 organizations urge Congress to bring affordability within reach for all students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant. 

The Human Rights Campaign, NACAC, along with other organizations oppose Anti-LGBTQ state legislation (March 2021)

In an open letter, the Human Rights Campaign, NACAC, and several other organizations are calling lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of harmful bills that target LGBTQ youth. 

NACAC and other organizations request ED for increased transparency to protect students and taxpayers (March 2021)
In a letter to Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona, NACAC and other organizations request ED to commit to increasing transparency into how schools are performing and actions the Department takes when schools are harming students and taxpayers.

NACAC joins ACE in support of S.264 the Dream Act of 2021 (February 2021)

NACAC joins the American Council on Education (ACE) and other higher education organizations in support of the Dream Act 2021 and urges Congress to protect students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) facing continuous judicial challenges.

NACAC and 328 other organizations call for Biden Administration to cancel student loan debt (January 2021)

NACAC joined 328 other organizations urging Biden to cancel student debt on Day 1 via executive action. This is an updated letter originally released in November 2020. 


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