Nation’s College Admission Counselors to Meet with Congressional Leaders on College Access Issues

Michael Rose

Arlington, VA (March 6, 2017) — More than 130 members from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will travel to Capitol Hill today to meet with members of Congress on issues important to students, families, and admission professionals across the country.
The annual advocacy meeting brings together NACAC members from both sides of the desk—high school counselors and college admission representatives—to advocate on behalf of students as they make the transition to postsecondary education. The organization’s chief priorities center on improving college access for all students and include support for:

1. Equitable access to college preparatory coursework. Staffing and funding inequities in public schools result in uneven access to college preparatory coursework, leaving underserved students at a disadvantage.
2. Hiring, training, and equipping school counselors. The national student-to-counselor ratio in public schools is 476:1. School counselors assist students with their academic planning, development, and college applications. Students in low-income schools often have the least access to school counselors.

3. Need-based financial aid for college. Increasingly, students must rely on loans to pay for college. State and federal governments should renew their commitment to making college affordable for low-income students.

4. A federal DREAM Act. Qualified undocumented students deserve a pathway to continue their studies by pursuing a postsecondary degree or credential.

5. Protections for students and taxpayers against waste, fraud, and abuse in federal student aid programs. Students and taxpayers have collectively lost billions of dollars at the hands of unscrupulous institutions. Congress must ensure that the federal government is receiving returns on its investment in higher education.

6. Global student mobility. NACAC opposes the administration’s recent executive order denying entry to visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries. The order, which has since been blocked by the courts, directly contradicts NACAC’s long-held belief that international students bring cultural, academic, and economic value to US education institutions.

NACAC is an Arlington, VA-based education association of nearly 16,000 secondary school counselors, independent counselors, college admission and financial aid officers, enrollment managers, and organizations that work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. The association, founded in 1937, is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

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