NACAC Supports House Bill to Reauthorize Higher Education Act

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Arlington, VA (Oct. 15, 2019) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) expressed its support today for the College Affordability Act. The bill would reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA)—legislation that governs how tens of billions of federal student aid dollars are used and holds colleges accountable for the education they provide to students.

The College Affordability Act, which was introduced by House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA-3), would, among other things:

  • Increase the maximum Pell Grant and index it to inflation so that grant dollars would maintain their purchasing power;
  • Reduce and simplify the federal loan programs and repayment options available to students;
  • Simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as well as improve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program; and
  • Restore critical regulations designed to protect students and taxpayers from unscrupulous colleges, such as gainful employment and borrowers defense to repayment.

In addition, the legislation would also prohibit the use of forced arbitration agreements; extend in-state tuition rates to homeless and foster students; make incarcerated individuals eligible for Pell Grants; provide undocumented students who become citizens or permanent residents access to federal financial aid programs; invest in TRIO and GEAR UP; and create a student record system to help colleges and other interested parties track student progress from matriculation through graduation.

“NACAC is pleased to support the College Affordability Act,” said Joyce Smith, the association’s CEO. “The bill makes strong investments in higher education, which will make college more affordable for thousands of students and will help ensure that students and taxpayers are protected from unscrupulous colleges. NACAC urges Congress to pass this important legislation as soon as possible.”


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 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 association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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