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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. 



Featured here are some of our current concerns (legislative and regulatory) on issues of importance to higher education business, financial, and administrative officers.

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)

  1. Executive summary of HEA reauthorization
  2. Changes to the Return to Title IV (R2T4) process
  3. Risk-sharing proposals
  4. "Aid Like a Paycheck" proposals

In early 2018, the Senate HELP Committee urged stakeholders to weigh-in on risk sharing proposals and other HEA concerns. NACUBO responded with these letters:

Efforts to reauthorize the HEA restarted in 2017 when, in December, House Education and Workforce Committee Chair Virginia Foxx (R-NC) releasing a 542-page proposal that would make significant changes to federal student aid programs. Here is NACUBO's summary.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Find NACUBO's coverage, a timeline, and other DACA-related resources here

Department of Education Regulations


Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Financial Responsibility Standards

The Department of Education requires institutions of higher education that participate in the Title IV student aid programs to show that they have sufficient resources to continue to operate, meet their obligations, and provide promised educational services to students. Revisions to these rules are underway. Find NACUBO's coverage and resources here.

Facilities and Administrative Costs

Student Aid Funding

NACUBO is a member of the Student Aid Alliance, a coalition of higher education organizations united in support of federal student aid. The Alliance advocates robust funding funding for Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, TRIO, GEAR-UP, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, and Perkins Loans.

Tax Concerns


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Liz Clark

Senior Director, Federal Affairs



Megan Schneider

Assistant Director, Federal Affairs