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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, Coalition Submit Comments on For-Profit Accrediting Agency to Department of Education (November 2020)

NACAC, along with 15 other organizations, submitted comments to the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) urging it not to renew a problematic accreditor’s authority due to lax oversight and associated cost to students and taxpayers.

NACAC Joins ACE, 42 Higher Ed Organizations Calling on Biden Administration to Undo Harmful DeVos Regulations (Novermber 2020)

NACAC joined the American Council on Education (ACE) in requesting that the Biden administration undo harmful regulations and actions by the Trump administration, including rules discouraging international students from attending college in the US, failing to protect students from predatory colleges, and implementing punitive measures against colleges grappling with racism.

235 Organizations, Including NACAC, Call for Biden Administration to Cancel Student Debt (November 2020)

NACAC joined 234 organizations asking for the Biden administration to cancel student debt on day one of the new administration as a way of stimulating the economy, relieving students saddled with debt, and beginning a new era in funding higher education as a public good.

NACAC, Coalition Praises Senate Draft Allocation for Title IV-A Programs (November 2020)

NACAC, along with the members of the ESSA Title IV-A Coalition, issued a statement praising the $1.25 billion draft allocation for programs that, among other things, support school counselors and college advising/preparation.

NACAC Joins 13 Organizations to Emphasize High Quality Data for Federal Student Aid (October 2020)

NACAC and 13 other organizations, as part of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative, submitted comments to the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) encouraging the collection and dissemination of high quality data to assist students in estimating the cost of postsecondary education, as well as the amount of assistance needed to cover the costs.

NACAC Joins Coalition Comments on Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) Draft Strategic Plan (October 2020):

- Financial aid comment

Oversight comment

NACAC partnered with pro-student organizations to submit comments on FSA’s draft strategic plan. The comments included one letter on the overall plan, and one addressing the need for greater oversight to protect students and taxpayers.

NACAC Joins 76 Organizations Calling on Betsy DeVos to Extend Federal Student Loan Suspension (October 2020)

A coalition letter requesting that the Department of Education extend the federal student loan payment suspension through September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Higher Ed Community Comments to Department of Homeland Security on ‘Duration of Status’ Proposed Regulations (October 2020)

NACAC and 82 other higher ed organizations signed onto the American Council on Education’s comments in opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed ‘Duration of Status’ regulations.

NACAC Submits Comments to Department of Homeland Security in Response to ‘Duration of Status’ Proposed Regulation (October 2020)

NACAC submitted comments in opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed regulations to eliminate ‘duration-of-status’ regulations and replace them with a fixed period of admittance for international students.

NACAC Joins Higher Education Community Letter Requesting Extension on ‘Duration of Status’ Proposed Regulations (October 2020)

NACAC joined scores of institutions and national organizations requesting that the Department of Homeland Security extend the public comment period on its ‘duration of status’ proposed regulation from 30 to 60 days.

NACAC Joins ACE, Higher Ed Associations in Opposing White House Executive Order Censoring Anti-Racism Training (October 2020)

Higher education associations called for the White House to rescind an executive order aimed at censoring anti-racist trainings on college and universities campuses.

PostSec Data Collaborative Letter to U.S. Department of Education on Data Reporting for CARES Act Funding (October 2020)

NACAC joined 27 higher education organizations encouraging the Department of Education to emphasize transparency in data reporting requirements for CARES Act emergency funding to ensure the funds reached their intended recipients.

NACAC, SACAC, and ACCEPT urging the Florida Board of Governors to waive SAT/ACT requirements (October 2020)

Joint letter from NACAC, SACAC, and ACCEPT to the Florida Board of Governors urging them to waive SAT/ACT requirements for public university admission in the current admission cycle.

NACAC joins higher education associations for supplemental COVID-19 relief (September 2020)

NACAC joined 45 other higher education associations in calling on Congress to provide an additional $120 billion in COVID-19 relief for postsecondary students and institutions.

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. 

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