AJCU Statements & Letters to U.S. Congress &
U.S. Departments of Education & Homeland Security
AJCU joined with the American Council on Education and other higher education organizations to urge the House and the Senate to vote for legislation to extend funding for STEM programs at HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions (September 2019)
AJCU called on the U.S. Senate HELP Committee to remove financial aid barriers for incarcerated students, as part of a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (July 22, 2019)
AJCU joined 31 national organizations to express support for graduate education and urge key policy makers to prioritize graduate education as part of any Higher Education Act reauthorization (July 15, 2019)
AJCU has joined higher education associations in signing onto a letter to the Senate HELP Committee from the Coalition for International Education, urging inclusion of the “Advancing International and Foreign Language Education Act” in the HEA reauthorization bill (May 14, 2019)
AJCU recently joined the American Council on Education and 31 other higher education associations on testimony presented to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Addressing Campus Sexual Assault and Ensuring Student Safety and Rights in HEA Reauthorization (April 2, 2019)
AJCU joined higher education organizations in support of legislation to repeal the prohibition on Pell Grants for incarcerated individuals (April 2019). Click here for background information on the Beyond the Box for Higher Education Act.
Follow this link for a quick summary of the current Higher Education Act (HEA). The full text of the Act is included.
Budget and Appropriations
AJCU works on the Budget every year with the Administration and House and Senate Budget Committees. In addition, AJCU works on appropriations each year with both the House and Senate. AJCU advocates for Federal Student Aid Programs such as Pell Grants, the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant Program (SEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), the Perkins Loan Program, TRIO and GearUP. AJCU also works on issues pertaining to graduate education, student loans, Parent Plus Loans, Teacher Education in Title II and international education.
Letter to House Appropriations Committee from CEF, with request to at least maintain the increased funding levels for education programs approved by the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee (May 6, 2019)
*AJCU is an active member of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF)
AJCU Presidents' Statements on Undocumented Students
Statement of AJCU Presidents on Undocumented Students (November 30, 2016)
AJCU Presidents’ Statement on Undocumented Students (January 2013)
DACA / Dream Act
American Council on Education Letters to House & Senate Leadership on DACA
Letter co-signed by AJCU and Jesuit institutions in support of DACA (October 19, 2017)
American Council on Education Letters to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Letter signed by AJCU and other higher education associations (January 31, 2017)
Letter written by National Association of College and University Business Officers and co-signed by AJCU, ACE and other organizations to provide comments in response to a NPRM from the IRS and Treasury Department on the implementation of the Excise Tax on certain private institutions (September 30, 2019)
Click here to learn about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
A note on regulations:
After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, regulations from the joint Departments of H&HS, Treasury and Labor were released in March 2011 mandating that religious institution's employees and students would have access to contraceptive coverage. AJCU responded to this first NPRM on June 13, 2011 with a focus on the loss of religious freedom and concern over a new definition of a religious institution that had never been used before. AJCU also responded to the second NPRM of February 1, 2013 and filed a response on April 8, 2013. In this NPRM, AJCU thanked the Departments for inclusion of AJCU's suggested language on establishing a precedent description for a religious institution.
AJCU does not work alone. Here, you will find more information on just a small sample of allies in the work to shine a brighter light on the importance of higher education in the United States.