Advocacy Letters - 2021

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 supports the DHS rulemaking and offers additional comments (November, 2021)

NACAC and many organizations applaud the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for issuing its first rulemaking since the creation of the DACA program in 2012. Additional comments were offered to solidify the program and protect the students. 

NACAC urges flexibility with visa processing for displaced Afghan students and scholars (November, 2021)
NACAC and several organizations urge the State Department to give priority and flexibility on processing F-1 and J-1 visas for all displaced Afghan students and scholars. After the Taliban retook Afghanistan, many students cannot prove “non-immigrant” intent and therefore are denied their visas. 

NACAC urges ED to repair technology issues on the FAFSA form (November, 2021)

NACAC joins four other major education organizations voicing members' concerns on FAFSA technological challenges in the FAFSA filing process. Since its opening date on October 1, 2021, students and families have faced many issues with FSA ID, FAFSA form webpage errors, and IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). A repair of the FAFSA is needed to support decision-making and state priority aid deadlines.

NACAC and other organizations support the request to assist displaced Afghan students and scholars. (September, 2021)
NACAC and other organizations support the request for additional support from Congress to assist displaced students and scholars from Afghanistan. As many institutions are offering institutional aid for those seeking education in the U.S. and more long-term assistance could help their engagement in academic pursuit.

NACAC joins CEF in support of the FY 2022 reconciliation bill (September, 2021)
NACAC and more than 100 education organizations joined the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) to urge members of House and Senate education committees to include the unprecedented financial support for education in the comprehensive “Build Back Better” reconciliation bill currently moving through Congress. These overdue investments will provide a much-needed boost in student aid, school counseling, school infrastructure, and equitable educational funding.


NACAC Supports Equitable Negotiated Rulemaking Protocols for Program Integrity Measures (September, 2021)

NACAC, along with several other organizations, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education expressing our desire to ensure equitable opportunity for input among negotiators to reach consensus on regulations to protect students, families, and taxpayers from predatory institutions of higher education. We recommend advance preparation of rulemaking materials, participation of alternates, clarification about public commentary, fair scheduling, and other accommodations.

NACAC supports the “Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa College Access” Act (August, 2021)

Aligning with the commitment to providing equitable access to postsecondary education, NACAC has expressed support for the “Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa College Access” Act. This bill was introduced by delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-MP-01) and aims to enable college-bound residents of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa to have greater choices among institutions of higher education

NACAC, CHSA asking to expand data collection for dual enrollment programs (August, 2021)

NACAC and other members of the College in High School Alliance (CHSA) are asking the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to expand and improve data collection on dual enrollment students to make it more specific, consistent, and up to date. Currently, there is little usable dual enrollment data available through IPEDS, and members of the alliance believe that adding such data will help inform future practice and policymaking pertaining to paths to and through postsecondary education. 

PostsecData to urge Congress on resuming and maintaining the College Scorecard's consumer tool (July, 2021)

NACAC and 13 other partners of the Postsecondary Data Collaborative (PostsecData) are urging ED to resume reporting data within the College Scorecard. This tool is an important aspect for students, families and policymakers on navigating the postsecondary landscape. 

NACAC supports "U.S. Citizenship Act" (July 2021)

In a letter to Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Sánchez (D-CA 38th District), NACAC expressed support for the "U.S. Citizenship Act" that would provide a path to citizenship for students who were brought to this country as minors and who have completed their high school education in accordance with the DREAM Act, which is contained in this legislation.

NACAC and other organizations urge ED to increase oversight on deceptive institutions using Title IV funds (July 2021)

Along with other organizations working on behalf of students, NACAC urges ED to increase oversight on predatory colleges that provide programs with little to no value and use Title IV funds. 

NACAC and other organizations express support for a $62 billion evidence-based student success grand program (June 2021)
NACAC, along with other organizations express strong support for new investment in evidence-based student success initiatives through proven programs that can dramatically increase college persistence, graduation rates, and student earnings for low-income, first-generation, and students of color. 

NACAC and other organizations oppose the restriction of education about Racism and American history (June 2021)
A multitude of organizations and associations join their firm opposition on a spate of legislative proposals across the country targeting a free and open exchange about the history and the forces that shape our world today.

NACAC joins ACE in a letter urging Congress to include tax proposals (June 2021)
The American Council on Education (ACE), NACAC, and other higher education associations urge Congress to include tax provisions in the American Jobs and American Families Plans legislation aiming to support students, families, and institutions of higher education in moving forward with a strong college education and access beyond COVID-19 crisis. 

NACAC, Coalition Praises President Biden's Proposed investment for Title IV-A Programs (May 2021)
NACAC, along with the members of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV-A Coalition, issued a statement praising the $1.22 billion for the bipartisan Student Support and Academic Enrichment block grant program under Title IV-A of ESSA supporting programs that, among other things, support school counselors and college advising/preparation.

NACAC and other organizations support legislation providing restoration of benefits and better access to higher education information ( May 2021)

Along with other organizations, NACAC supports the Student Veterans Transparency and Protection Act ensuring all veterans seeking a college education will receive access to information about higher education and allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to restore benefits that veterans use at schools subject to civil enforcement.

From the recommendations NACAC provided for the administration's first 100 days, the Biden administration has completed or made significant progress toward nearly all of them. For more details on the accomplishments of the Biden administration, read the Journal of College Admission article on the NACAC policy victories.

NACAC supports HR 2700 on providing critical protections for students and taxpayers (April 2021)
NACAC sent a letter of support to Rep. McBath (D-GA) for introducing the “For-Profit College Conversion Act of 2021” (HR 2700). This bill would expand a much-needed oversight for for-profit college conversation to non-profit college status. 

NACAC and other organizations oppose lawmaker’s proposal on restricting student’s voting participation (April 2021)
Along with other organizations, NACAC call on all lawmakers to expand voting and civic participation rather than prohibiting students from using their campus address to register or qualifying for an absentee ballot. All eligible voters should be able to exercise their right to cast a ballot.

NACAC joins higher education organizations in support of ED’s Under Secretary (April 2021)
Along with other higher education organizations, NACAC supports the nomination of James Kvaal as Under Secretary for ED. Mr. Kvaal comprehensive knowledge of higher education and federal postsecondary policy is a critical role in higher education.

NACAC urges Congress for support of FY 2022 (April 2021)
NACAC and other members of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) urge Congress to support the historic increase in education investments presented by President Biden’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 request.

NACAC supports legislation providing protections for Veterans against predatory colleges (April 2021)
In a letter to Senator Schatz (D-HI), NACAC supports the “Veterans Educational Assistance Transparency and Accountability Improvement Act of 2021”. This legislation would make a significant improvement in the availability of information to Veterans seeking to enroll in college.

NACAC and other organizations urge ED Secretary to provide relief for defrauded student loan borrowers (April 2021)
Along with other organizations, NACAC urges ED Secretary, Dr. Miguel Cardona, to take quick action on the continued withholding of relief to borrowers defrauded by predatory schools. The prompt actions should provide a fair and efficient adjudication process and hold schools accountable.

PostsecData, National Skills Coalition, NACAC, along with other organizations applaud the introduction of the College Transparency Act of 2021 (April 2021)
NACAC and other organizations applaud the introduction of the College Transparency Act of 2021 for championing all-around education transparency. This act will empower students and families when making decisions about their education such as costs, outcomes, but as well as about their policymakers and institutions. 

NACAC supports legislation providing funding for school districts to hire school counselors (March 2021)
In a letter to Representative Sánchez (D-CA), NACAC expressed its support for the “Put School Counselors Where They Are Needed” Act (H.R. 614) acknowledging and providing funding to the critical shortage of counselors in schools serving large numbers of low-income students.

NACAC joins higher education organizations in urging Congress to double the Pell Grant (March 2021)
NACAC and nearly 1,200 organizations urge Congress to bring affordability within reach for all students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant. 

The Human Rights Campaign, NACAC, along with other organizations oppose Anti-LGBTQ state legislation (March 2021)
In an open letter, the Human Rights Campaign, NACAC, and several other organizations are calling lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of harmful bills that target LGBTQ youth. 

NACAC and other organizations request ED for increased transparency to protect students and taxpayers (March 2021)
In a letter to Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona, NACAC and other organizations request ED to commit to increasing transparency into how schools are performing and actions the Department takes when schools are harming students and taxpayers.

NACAC joins ACE in support of S.264 the Dream Act of 2021 (February 2021)

NACAC joins the American Council on Education (ACE) and other higher education organizations in support of the Dream Act 2021 and urges Congress to protect students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) facing continuous judicial challenges.

NACAC and 328 other organizations call for Biden Administration to cancel student loan debt (January 2021)

NACAC joined 328 other organizations urging Biden to cancel student debt on Day 1 via executive action. This is an updated letter originally released in November 2020. 


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