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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. 

On the Hill

House Republicans Choose a Speaker as Legislative Deadlines Loom

Following three weeks of uncertainty on Capitol Hill, House Republicans unanimously voted for Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives. Johnson’s election comes at a critical time in Washington, DC, as legislators will need to agree on appropriations legislation by November 17 in order to prevent a government shutdown.


Undergraduate Enrollment Rises After Pandemic Onset

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Fall 2023 Stay Informed report found that overall undergraduate enrollment increased 2.1% compared to Fall 2022, the first enrollment has increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Community colleges experienced the greatest growth, with an increase of 4.4%.

Association Updates

NASFAA Shares Updated FAFSA Simplification Checklist

Incorporating recent updates from the Department of Education, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has released a revised checklist to help institutions plan for implementation of the FAFSA Simplification Act in the 2024-25 award year.


NACUBO Joins Broad Coalition Asking Congress to Weigh In on Overtime Proposal

NACUBO joined 87 organizations from across the U.S. in letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, asking that lawmakers urge the Department of Labor (DOL) to withdraw its proposed changes to the salary-level threshold for overtime pay. The letters cite a variety of reasons for why the “unnecessary and unprecedented” proposal should be withdrawn.

Take Action

Feedback Requested on VA Debt Letters

NACUBO is seeking a better understanding of the number of debt notices the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be sending to colleges and universities. These letters, which the VA uses to request funds from schools following a change in a student veteran’s enrollment, are not uncommon, but NACUBO would like to know if schools are receiving more notices than usual or receiving notices for enrollment changes from many years ago. Please fill out a brief questionnaire on your feedback.

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NACUBO On Your Side: October 17–23, 2023


Neil Gavigan

Policy and Advocacy Manager


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