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 and other organizations push for highest possible allocation for the FY 2023 Labor-HHS-Education bill (May 2022)
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), NACAC, and more than 350 organizations support the increase of funds allocated for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education appropriations bill in the FY 23 budget and recommend a minimum allocation of $239.59 billion to address gaps resulting in years of underfunding. This allocation will provide support for the children’s health and well-being, child development, education, and skills attainment.
NACAC urges Congress to invest $2 billion in ESSA
NACAC and 100 other organizations urge Congress to invest in $2 billion in FY23 in the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title-IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This block grant will support a safe and healthy school environment as well as receiving a well-rounded education.
NACAC and other organizations urge NCES to include a nonbinary category (April 2022)
CampusPride, NACAC, and several other organizations urge the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to include nonbinary students into all categories of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). By reporting this data, colleges will be able to acknowledge nonbinary students on their campus and provide more accurate information.
NACAC and other organizations urge increased funding for mental support for students (April 2022)
NACAC and several other organizations urge Congress to provide $1 billion dollars to the FY23 budget to ensure funding is provided to the School-Based Mental Health Services Professional Demonstration Grant and the School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Program. This funding would provide adequate access to school-employed mental health professionals through the delivery of programming.
NACAC Joins 91 Higher Education Organizations to Oppose Legislation Banning Discussion of Critical Race Theory, Other Topics (March 2022)
NACAC joined ACE and more than 90 other organizations to oppose legislation at the state and federal level that bans discussion of issues like critical race theory, urging policymakers to maintain free and open academic inquiry and debate on campus as an essential part of our democracy. Vigorous classroom debate, academic inquiry, and other topics deserving a place in the curriculum should be reinforced and maintained as the core principle and value of higher education.
NACAC urges extension of the FAFSA Verification Waiver (February 2022)
NACAC and several other organizations urged the US Department of Education to continue to waive 2022-2023 FAFSA income verification requirements. Due to uncertainties created by the pandemic, re-implementation of the verification process threatens to impose a cumbersome and difficult financial aid process for marginalized students and families at a time when it is most difficult. Waiving verification procedures makes additional sense in light of upcoming changes prompted by the FAFSA Simplification Act and the FUTURE Act, which will decrease the number of items on a student’s FAFSA needed to be verified by an institution for the award year 2024-2025.
NACAC joins HRC for state legislators to reject harmful LGBTQ+ legislations (February 2022)
NACAC joins HRC in strongly opposing state bills that harm LGBTQ+ youth compromising the safety and well-being of youth. Several anti-LGBTQ+ bills, including limiting access to medically necessary, prohibiting the use of restroom at school consistent with their gender identity, and preventing transgender youth from playing sports alongside their peers.
NACAC urges the administration to offer flexibility and support to Ukrainian students and scholars (February 2022)
NACAC joins ACE and other organizations in support of Ukrainian students, in Ukraine and the United States, during this time of crisis and uncertainty. NACAC urges urging the departments of State and Homeland Security to flexibility and support for Ukrainian students and scholars in the United States, as well as those seeking to leave Ukraine as Russia continues its attack on the country.
NACAC and 63 other organizations urge Congress to take action on recent threats against HBCUs across the country. The letter asks Congress to ensure these threats are aggressively investigated and offenders prosecuted. The letter further encourages passage of H. Con. Res. 70, condemning threats of violence against UBCUs and reaffirming support for their students.
NACAC and many organizations urge Congress to work on spending agreements for the Fiscal Year 2022 to double and protect the Pell grant program. With less than one-third of the cost of tuition covered by the current Pell grant, low-income students are increasingly borrowing educational loans.
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