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Advocacy Issues

Legislation and policies under consideration in the nation's capital that impact higher education institutions and college students.


NACUBO's federal affairs team follows legislation and policies under consideration in the nation's capital that impact higher education institutions and college students and are of particular concern to business officers. 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.

2019 NACUBO Perceptions and Priorities

NACUBO has penned a Medium post on 2019 Perceptions and Priorities, sharing our observations on the current higher education landscape and priorities for the year ahead. Our goal is to both drive and improve the national conversation around higher education, supporting our observations with research on the current state of affairs for students and institutions. You can find this important message and view the accompanying slide deck here.

Advocacy Issue Areas

College and university business officers should pay particular attention to these regulatory and legislative issue areas.

Current Legislative Concerns

NACUBO has compiled a host of valuable resources related to a variety of current legislative concerns.



Coverage and other related resources pertaining to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Talking points on Section 179D and ENERGY STAR. Other resources also include a 2012 primer on establishing safe, secure, and renewable energy on college campuses.


Facilities and Administrative Costs

Resources on grants management and Facilities and Administrative (F&A) reimbursements.


Tax Concerns

A non-profit transportation benefits tax one-pager, explaining how the TCJA makes it costlier for tax-exempt entities to operate by creating a new tax on the transportation and parking benefits provided to non-profit employees, and a one-pager of tax legislation we're following in the current Congress. 

Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization

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


"Aid Like a Paycheck"

An executive summary of the "Aid like a Paycheck" proposal included in the PROSPER Act, which would change the way federal loans and grants are disbursed.


HEA Reauthorization

An executive summary of HEA reuthorization proposals from 2018, detailing efforts in House and Senate to reauthorize the HEA as well as NACUBO's concerns.


R2T4 Changes

An executive summary of changes to return of Title IV funds (R2T4) included in the PROSPER Act, explaining the House proposal to modify current policy on returning "unearned" Title IV funds when students withdraw before completing a term.


Risk Sharing

An executive summary of risk sharing proposals included in the House and Senate bills to reauthorize the HEA.

Department of Education Regulations

Compliance with federal rules and regulations impacts administrative offices across college and university campuses. NACUBO is highlighting five federal Department of Education compliance areas college and university business officers should pay particular attention to. Compliance with these rules and regulations is required for eligibility for and participation in Title IV federal student aid programs and requires collaboration with officials across the institution. Learn more about the topics below on NACUBO's Department of Education Regulations page.


Financial Responsibility Standards

A resource page including timelines and reports that explain borrower defense as well as composite score calculations for non-profit schools and the three financial ratios that comprise them.


Privacy and Data Security

A resource page with information on institutions' privacy and data security obligations, including those related to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Program Integrity

A resource page that includes background and information on a variety of regulations designed to protect students from fraud and abuse, including borrower defense, gainful employment, and state authorization.


Student Financial Services (SFS)

A resource page that provides information on the finance-related services schools provide to students and families.


Title IX and Campus Safety & Security

A resource page that provides information on Title IX and compliance with the Clery Act.

IRS and Treasury Regulations

NACUBO's federal affairs team advocates and delivers on a number of tax issues. To find out more, visit NACUBO's tax page.


2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA)

Summaries, outlines, and other resources related to tax reform and the TCJA.


IRS Form 1098-T

A resource page for information on the IRS 1098-T, including webcasts and reports on recent changes to the form.

Veterans and 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.


DoD Tuition Assistance

Through the DoD Tuition Assistance (DoD TA) program, the Department of Defense (DoD) offers financial aid to active duty service members and their families participating in voluntary education (VolEd) programs. To learn more, visit NACUBO's DoD Tuition Assistance page.


GI Bill

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 modified the educational benefits available to active duty military members and their families under the previous version of the GI Bill. To learn more, visit NACUBO's GI Bill page.


Principles of Excellence

In 2012, President Obama issued an Executive Order directing that his administration design a set of principles to protect veterans and service members who receive federal education benefits. To learn more, visit NACUBO's Principles of Excellence page.


Liz Clark

Vice President, Policy and Research

Megan Schneider

Senior Director, Government Affairs


Mary Bachinger

Director, Tax Policy


Bryan Dickson

Assistant Director, Advocacy and Student Financial Services


Kathleen Masterson

Policy Analyst, Federal Affairs


Neil Gavigan

Federal Affairs Manager



Higher Education Community Weighs In on Proposed Title IX Overhaul

February 04, 2019

The Department of Education’s recent proposal to revamp investigations of campus sexual assault is one of the most controversial that has been put forth by the Trump administration to date. NACUBO joined 60 other higher education associations to support comments submitted to the department by the American Council on Education that highlighted the proposed rule’s positive aspects and areas of concern.

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