As a constituent, you have the right to expect your elected officials to pay attention to your opinions. Action alerts are a simple yet effective way to have your voice heard. Complete the action alerts here to tell your elected officials why these issues matter to you, and encourage your colleagues and friends to join you.
Urge Congress to Support Student Visa Processing
COVID-19 forced many of our nation’s embassies and consular offices to close, preventing them from issuing visas for students and scholars planning to attend US institutions of higher education. This will compound the recent drop in enrollment by international students due to recent and ongoing policies by the Trump Administration and other factors. Urge Congress to support policies that expedite the processing of student visas, so that international students may return and contribute to our campuses and communities.
Urge Changes to Arkansas Academic Challenge (Lottery Scholarships) to Better Support Students
The Arkansas Academic Challenge and Governors’ Distinguished Scholarship lottery scholarships require students to obtain a minimum ACT or SAT score in order to qualify. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have been unable to take either college admission exam, which makes it difficult or impossible for them to qualify through no fault of their own. Urge Arkansas policymakers to modify the Academic Challenge scholarship requirements to focus on high school grades during this unprecedented time.
Urge Congress to Support the College Affordability Act
The House Committee on Education and Labor recently passed H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act. If passed, this bill would reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) and would, among other things:
- Increase the maximum Pell Grant, index the award amount to inflation so that grant dollars would maintain their purchasing power, and expand Pell Grant eligibility to DREAMers and incarcerated individuals;
- Reduce and simplify the federal loan programs and repayment options available to students;
- Simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and improve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program; and
- Restore critical regulations designed to protect students and taxpayers from unscrupulous colleges, such as rules covering gainful employment and borrowers’ defense to repayment.
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