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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

ED Opens Applications for Underserved Student Success Program
Eligible higher education institutions may now apply for the Department of Education’s FY23 Postsecondary Student Success Grant Program. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges or Universities (TCCUs), Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and other institutions with “high enrollments of needy students and below average full-time equivalent expenditures – including community colleges” may be eligible for the funding, which aims to support underserved students.

Latest FISAP Available from ED
On August 1, the Department of Education announced that the Fiscal Operations Report for 2022–23 and Application to Participate for 2024–25 (FISAP) is now available on the Common Origination and Disbursement website. The notice also includes supplementary reporting instructions due to the COVID-19 emergency. The deadline to submit a FISAP is September 29.

ED Previews New FAFSA
On July 31, the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid published a preview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The preview includes screenshots and additional elements of the online form and is intended to be a reference tool for staff training and informational events with students and families.

Association Action

Insights on Recent SCOTUS Ruling and Campus Diversity Implications
An issue brief by the American Council on Education (ACE) provides insights into the recent Supreme Court ruling on race-conscious admissions. The brief dissects the ruling's implications on campus autonomy and efforts to foster diverse and inclusive learning environments, while offering strategies for institutions to uphold their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Higher Education Community Raises Funding Concerns
In a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations, NACUBO and 30 other members of the higher education community expressed deep concerns over proposed constraints on the Department of Education’s budget. Specifically, the community opposes the elimination of funding for the Federal Work-Study and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Programs.

NACUBO Comments Address IPEDS Finance Work Group
On July 13, NACUBO submitted a response to Technical Review Panel 68 on the proposed formation of a working group to tackle the IPEDS Finance Survey. NACUBO agreed with the proposed mission, meeting frequency, and governance guidelines for the group, but we urged for more representation among controllers and CFOs from all types of institutions.

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NACUBO On Your Side: July 11–24, 2023


Neil Gavigan

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