NACAC Releases Statement on Government Funding Agreement

Michael Rose

Arlington, VA (May 1, 2017) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) issued the following statement on the fiscal year 2017 federal spending agreement announced by congressional leaders on April 30:  

NACAC is pleased Congress has reached an agreement to fund the federal government through the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The association supports Congress’ decision to reinitiate year-round Pell grants so that students can take classes during the summer, and to increase funding for the TRIO and GEAR UP college access programs. We are pleased the bill did not include any provisions to repeal or undermine the gainful employment rule, which would harm students and taxpayers by allowing unscrupulous colleges to prey on students.  

We are disappointed Congress funded Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act at only $400 million, well below the authorized level of $1.6 billion. This constrains the Department of Education’s ability to provide much-needed assistance to public schools for postsecondary counseling and AP/IB test fee assistance, as well as other services for students.

Passage of this year’s spending bill is long overdue.  NACAC urges Congress to pass this legislation quickly and to pass the fiscal year 2018 spending bills in a timely manner so that students, schools, and colleges can plan for the upcoming year.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC 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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