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.

Higher Education Associations Oppose Foreign Gift Disclosure Expansion

NACAC joined a group of 30 higher education organizations in comments to the Department of Education opposing the proposed expansion of reporting requirements for colleges and universities that receive monetary gifts from foreign countries (November 2019). 

College Affordability Coalition Urges Senate to Pass Comprehensive Higher Education Act Reauthorization

NACAC and other members of the College Affordability Coalition wrote Senate HELP Committee leadership to encourage a comprehensive Higher Education Act reauthorization that prioritizes equity and affordability (October 2019).

NACAC Urges Funding for Pell Grants

NACAC joined 62 other organizations in a letter urging Senate appropriators to continue their support for the Pell Grant by keeping all Pell Grant funds in the Pell program (October 2019).

NACAC Joins Education Association Amicus Brief in Support of DACA

NACAC, American Council on Education, and 42 other education associations submitted an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (October 2019). 

NACAC Expresses Support for Jumpstart on College Act

NACAC joined 37 fellow members of the College in High School Alliance in expressing support for the Jumpstart on College Act, introduced by Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), which would provide grant funding to support college in high school programs (September 2019). 

NACAC Joins New College Affordability Coalition

NACAC was one of 25 inaugural organizations to join the College Affordability Coalition, a new coalition formed to advocate for needed federal investments and protections in order to promote more equitable outcomes within our higher education system (July 2019).

Education and Military Organizations Encourage Passage of DOD Tuition Assistance Amendment

NACAC and other 25 other student, education, military, and veterans service organizations encouraged Congress to include Representative Shalala's (D-FL) amendment requiring the Secretary of Defense to review and publish the amount of DOD Tuition Assistance funding institutions of higher education receive in the final FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (July 2019).

NACAC Recommends Improvements to National Postsecondary Student Aid Study

NACAC and fellow members of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative shared with the National Center on Education Statistics recommended changes to the NPSAS that would enhance the field’s understanding of the affordability challenges today’s students face when pursuing higher education (June 2019).

Postsecondary Data Collaborative Requests Funding for SLDS Grant Program

NACAC and fellow members of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative wrote to Congressional appropriators to request funding for the State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grant program, designed to produce information about states' education-to-workforce pipelines (May 2019).

NACAC and Affiliates Express Support for Dreamers

More than 400 national, state, and local organizations, including NACAC and several Affiliates, expressed support for Dreamers ahead of the House Judiciary Committee's markup of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act (May 2019).

Members of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative Comment on Proposed IPEDS Changes

NACAC joined more than 30 fellow members of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative in a letter sharing feedback with the Department of Education on proposed changes to the upcoming Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collection cycle (May 2019). 

Advocacy Groups Express Concern Over Department of Education Staffing Shortages

NACAC and 25 other education, civil rights, consumer, and veteran advocacy organizations expressed concerns regarding staffing shortages at the Department of Education, demanding steps be taken to mitigate the harm being caused to student loan borrowers resulting from these ongoing administrative issues and to prevent such problems from occurring again in the future (April 2019). 

Higher Education Community Endorses Dream Act of 2019

In a letter to Senate leadership, NACAC and other higher education associations urged support of the Dream Act of 2019, introduced by Senator Graham and Senator Durbin (April 2019).

NACAC and Other Advocacy Groups Expresses Support for PROTECT Students Act

A group of 56 education, veteran, and civil rights advocacy organizations expressed support for the PROTECT Students Act, legislation that would help students and taxpayers from predatory, unscrupulous colleges (April 2019).

NACAC and Affiliates Join Call for Increased Education Funding

A group of 550 organizations, including NACAC and several Affiliates, requested significant funding boosts to the FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill (April 2019).

Clean Budget Coalition Urges Clean FY2020 Appropriations Bills

NACAC and other members of the Clean Budget Coalition encouraged Congress to pass FY20 appropriations bills that are free from harmful poison pill policy riders (March 2019).

NACAC Thanks Members of Congress for Introducing American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

NACAC sent a letter of appreciation to Representative Roybal-Allard, Representative Velázquez, and Representative Clarke for introducing the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 in the US House of Representatives (March 2019).

Organizations Urge New York State Leadership to Pass For-Profit College Accountability Act

NACAC, NYSACAC, and 30 other organizations committed to protecting students and taxpayers urged elected officials in the state of New York to enact the For-Profit College Accountability Act, which would protect students from predatory for-profit schools (March 2019).

NACAC Expresses Support for FAIR Act

A group of nearly 90 organizations advocating for student and taxpayer protections expressed support for the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act, legislation that would prevent for-profit institutions from forcing students into secretive, one-sided arbitration proceedings (February 2019).

Title IV-Part A Coalition Members Urge Congress to Raise Spending Caps

NACAC joined nearly 160 fellow advocacy organizations and members of the Title IV-Part A Coalition to encourage Congress to raise the spending caps, allowing for adequate investment in K-12 education programs in FY2020 (February 2019).

NACAC Expresses Support for Higher Education Dream Act of 2019

NACAC joined the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration in expressing support for the Higher Education Dream Act of 2019, introduced in the US House of Representatives by Representatives John Lewis and Ruben Gallego (February 2019).

NACAC Shares Equity Recommendations with Senators

In response to their request for input, NACAC provided insight in to how to address racial disparities in student debt and the broader challenges faced by students of color in college and career training with a group of US Senators (February 2019).

NACAC Joins Comments of Concern Regarding Changes to the Federal Student Aid Feedback System

A group of eight national organizations representing students and educators expressed concern with the Department of Education's changes to the FSA Feedback System, which removed the ability to identify suspicious activity anonymously and to describe systemic problems (February 2019).

NACAC and Fellow Education Advocacy Organizations Express Concerns Over School Discipline Guidance Rescission

A group of 49 national organizations wrote to the Departments of Education and Justice to express disappointment in the rescission of the 2014 School Discipline Guidance that sought to protect students of color and students with disabilities from disproportionate levels of school discipline practices (January 2019).

Nearly 50 Education, Veteran, and Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Protect Students and Taxpayers in HEA Reauthorization

NACAC joined 48 other advocacy organizations on a letter to Congress encouraging a Higher Education Act reauthorization that promotes access for all students and strengthens safeguards against low-quality and unscrupulous colleges (January 2019).

NACAC Joins 38 Organizations in Sharing Concerns with Department of Education's Proposed Gainful Employment Disclosure Template Changes

Members of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative shared concerns regarding the Department of Education's proposed changes to the gainful employment disclosure templates, which would dramatically reduce the data available and severely limit students’ ability to make informed college decisions (January 2019).

NACAC Expresses Opposition to Department of Education Efforts to Undermine Gainful Employment

More than 50 organizations representing and advocating for students, families, taxpayers, veterans, and service members submitted a joint letter to the Department of Education expressing opposition to efforts to further undermine the Gainful Employment regulation (January 2019).

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