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NACUBO's federal affairs team follows legislation and policies under consideration in the nation's capital that impact higher education institutions and college students.

In addition to representing its members on Capitol Hill, NACUBO's policy team also advocates on behalf of colleges and universities with the White House and federal agencies, particularly when new regulations, or revisions to existing regulations, are under consideration. 

NACUBO's most recent letters to federal agencies and members of congress can be found here.


Legislative Concerns

Capitol Hill agendas and priorities are constantly shifting as lawmakers respond to current challenges, public interests, and other developments. NACUBO's federal affairs team tracks legislative activities that have the potential to impact college students and institutions of higher education. Some of their recent advocacy work has focused on the following issues; additional information on these issues, and many more, can be found using the "Topics" tab above.

Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization.  Several proposals in the House HEA bill would significantly impact students, federal financial aid, and business functions. NACUBO has prepared short summaries of the proposals designed for its members to share and discuss with campus colleagues. (April 25, 2018)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Find NACUBO's coverage, a timeline, and other DACA-related resources here

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Facilities and Administrative Costs

Tax Concerns


Regulatory Concerns

Department of Education. NACUBO offers extensive coverage of ED regulations, with a focus on these topics:

  • Financial Responsibility 
  • Data Security 
  • Program Integrity
    • Gainful Employment
    • State Authorization
  • Student Financial Services
    • Cash Management Rules
    • Perkins Loan Program
    • Other Federal Aid Programs
    • R2T4 & Unearned Aid
  • Title IX and Campus Crime

IRS and Treasury. NACUBO's federal affairs team advocates and delivers resources on a number of tax issues, including IRS Form 1098-T and the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Veterans & Service Members. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offer tuition assistance programs to active military members, veterans, and their families. NACUBO has monitored and worked on changes to military student assistance programs that affect college and university business offices. To learn more, visit the veterans and service members website.


Liz Clark

Senior Director, Federal Affairs



Megan Schneider

Assistant Director, Federal Affairs