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As things move quickly in Washington, DC, NACUBO is your constant advocate in action. NACUBO On Your Side covers important legislative and agency activity NACUBO staff are tracking, what we’re currently advocating for, and how you can take action with us.

Here are the issues we are tracking and advocating for this week.

Agency Action

Reminder: HEERF Quarterly Reporting Due
Quarterly reporting deadlines for college and university uses of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grant aid fall on the upcoming weekend. Per Department of Education guidance, reports for the 1st quarter (January-March) and 2nd quarter (April-June) are due by July 10, 2021. Visit NACUBO’s HEERF Resource Center for more on HEERF guidance and compliance.

Association Action

NCAA Announces NIL Rule Suspension
In the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision that allows for broader education-based supports for student-athletes, the NCAA Board of Governors has announced that it has “voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.” While additional guidelines are still being developed, the NCAA made clear that despite these changes, the association’s ban on “pay for play” and “improper inducements” tied to recruiting student-athletes to attend a particular institution is still in effect.


NACUBO Weighs In on ED Rulemaking
NACUBO, working with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the American Council on Education (ACE), has submitted comments concerning institutional financial responsibility regulations. The comments respond to the Department of Education’s recent announcement to begin rulemaking efforts on a wide variety of topics. NACUBO has consistently advocated for updating the existing financial responsibility regulations, and the comments offer multiple suggestions to that end. NACUBO also joined in a broader community comment letter that addresses various regulatory topics proposed by ED and suggests several additional areas for improvement, including foreign gift reporting requirements and resumption of student loan payments following the current pandemic-related pause.

Take Action

Register for NACUBO’s Next Legislative Lunchcast
NACUBO’s next quarterly Legislative Lunchcast will be held July 21  at 1 pm ET. The 30-minute webcast is free to members and open for registration. You can send questions or specific topics that you’d like to see addressed to

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NACUBO On Your Side: June 22-28, 2021


Megan Schneider

Senior Director, Government Affairs


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