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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

Biden Administration Begins Second Attempt at Debt Relief
In virtual hearings held last week, the Department of Education formally began a second attempt at broad student debt forgiveness. This effort, which would include a lengthy rulemaking process, follows a 6-3 Supreme Court rejection of the Biden administration’s previous debt relief proposal and signals that the administration will keep a focus on higher education in the lead-up to the 2024 presidential election.

Association Updates

Admiral William McRaven Shares Insights at NACUBO Annual Meeting
In coverage of the NACUBO 2023 Annual Meeting by Inside Higher Ed, Admiral William McRaven reiterated his belief that “the toughest job in the nation is the one of an academic or health institution president.” A general session speaker at the meeting, the former commander of United States Special Operations Command and chancellor of the University of Texas System spoke about leadership and the challenges facing higher education leaders today.

Advocacy

Student Aid Alliance Raises Concerns Over Proposed FY24 Education Spending
In a letter to leaders of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Student Aid Alliance, of which NACUBO is a member, expressed “deep concerns” with cuts proposed in the FY24 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill. The bill proposes to spend 29% less than FY23 levels and would eliminate funding for the Federal Work-Study and Supplemental Opportunity Grant programs.

Take Action

NASFAA and NACUBO Resources Available on FAFSA Changes
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has a variety of resources available to help institutions prepare for upcoming changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, a NACUBO webinar on how changes are expected to affect the business office is available on demand.

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