The steady stream of news emerging from the nation’s capital can be overwhelming. NACUBO highlights key actions and provides the status of top higher education business concerns.
On the Hill
Senate Appropriators Set for Markup
The Senate Committee on Appropriations will mark up its Labor-HHS-Education spending bill on September 10. While the House already passed a spending package that includes across-the-board increases for student aid and student services, the Republican-led Senate has not made their progress public in advance of the markup. NACUBO, as part of the Student Aid Alliance, supports the important increases included in the House bill. You can engage with a NACUBO-led advocacy campaign to support the funding levels put forward by the House by texting “STUDENTAID” to 52886 or clicking here.
Education Committee Democrat to Retire from House
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), a key Democrat on the House Committee on Education and Labor, announced she will not seek reelection in 2020. Davis, who has been a member of Congress for almost 20 years, is the current chair of the subcommittee that oversees higher education.
Admissions Association May Change Code Under Federal Pressure
A slew of provisions in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) code of conduct may be revised due to pressure from an investigation opened by the Department of Justice (DOJ) almost a year ago. The DOJ contends that the provisions in question, which deal primarily with early enrollment incentives and a requirement that schools refrain from attempting to recruit students once they’ve committed to a particular school, run afoul of antitrust regulations. NACAC argues that the provisions are meant to protect students from undue pressure, not limit their choices. Despite its defense of the provisions, the association has agreed to review the questioned code elements at its upcoming annual meeting, and potentially eliminate them entirely, in the hopes that it will bring the DOJ’s lengthy investigation to an end.
ED Shares Preliminary Final Borrower Defense Rules
The Department of Education recently shared on its website preliminary final borrower defense rules, which include significant revisions to financial responsibility composite score calculations and triggering events. While the rules have not yet been finalized, the regulations relating to financial responsibility will be available for immediate implementation as soon as they are published in the Federal Register.
Updated Advocacy Tools Page Can Help You Engage Lawmakers
The updated NACUBO Advocacy Tools and Resources page has what you need to stay involved with the latest and most-pressing NACUBO advocacy efforts. With informational one-pagers, infographics and videos, engagement campaigns, and more, the page has tools to help you advocate on behalf of your institution and profession.
What Did I Miss in Washington? August 13-26, 2019