AJCU Statements & Letters to U.S. Congress &
U.S. Departments of Education & Homeland Security

Higher Education Act

AJCU has joined higher education associations in signing onto a letter to the Senate HELP Committee from the Coalition for International Education, urging inclusion of the “Advancing International and Foreign Language Education Act” in the HEA reauthorization bill (May 14, 2019)

AJCU recently joined the American Council on Education and 31 other higher education associations on testimony presented to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Addressing Campus Sexual Assault and Ensuring Student Safety and Rights in HEA Reauthorization (April 2, 2019)

AJCU joined higher education organizations in support of legislation to repeal the prohibition on Pell Grants for incarcerated individuals (April 2019). Click here for background information on the Beyond the Box for Higher Education Act.

Follow this link for a quick summary of the current Higher Education Act (HEA). The full text of the Act is included.

Budget and Appropriations

AJCU works on the Budget every year with the Administration and House and Senate Budget Committees. In addition, AJCU works on appropriations each year with both the House and Senate. AJCU advocates for Federal Student Aid Programs such as Pell Grants, the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant Program (SEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), the Perkins Loan Program, TRIO and GearUP. AJCU also works on issues pertaining to graduate education, student loans, Parent Plus Loans, Teacher Education in Title II and international education.

Letter to House leadership from higher education community offering support for H.R. 2740 (minibus bill) (June 19, 2019)

Letter to Congress to vote for H.R. 2740 (omnibus appropriations bill) from the Committee for Education Funding (June 17, 2019)

Letter to Senate Appropriations leadership advocating for increased funding to International Education and Foreign Language Studies, and Fulbright-Hays programs (May 28, 2019)

Letter co-signed by AJCU in support of the FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill (May 7, 2019)

Letter to House Appropriations Committee from CEF, with request to at least maintain the increased funding levels for education programs approved by the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee (May 6, 2019)

*AJCU is an active member of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF)

Letter to the House Appropriations Committee from the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), co-signed by AJCU, requesting level- or increased funding for higher education in FY 2020 (May 6, 2019)

Letter co-signed by AJCU in support of H.R. 2021 - The Investing In The People Act (April 2, 2019)

TITLE IX

AJCU Letter to U.S. Department of Education on Proposed Regulations Implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106 (January 29, 2019)

American Council on Education Letter to U.S. Department of Education on Proposed Regulations Implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (January 30, 2019; signed by AJCU)

UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

AJCU Presidents' Statements on Undocumented Students

Statement of AJCU Presidents on Undocumented Students (November 30, 2016)
AJCU Presidents’ Statement on Undocumented Students (January 2013)

DACA / Dream Act

American Council on Education Letters to House & Senate Leadership on DACA

Letter co-signed by AJCU in support of the Senate Dream Act of 2019 (April 4, 2019)

Letter co-signed by AJCU in support of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (March 20, 2019)

Letter co-signed by AJCU and Jesuit institutions in support of DACA (October 19, 2017)

HOMELAND SECURITY

American Council on Education Letters to U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Letter signed by U.S. colleges and universities including Jesuit institutions (February 3, 2017)
Letter signed by AJCU and other higher education associations (January 31, 2017)

Tax Policies

Letter from AJCU to Bipartisan Senate Leadership and Senate Finance Committee to request passage of H. R. 1994 (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019) (May 24, 2019)

Letter from AJCU to House Leadership to request support for H.R. 1994 (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019) (May 21, 2019)

Letter co-signed by AJCU in support of H.R. 1994, Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (May 20, 2019)

Click here to learn about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

A note on regulations:

After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, regulations from the joint Departments of H&HS, Treasury and Labor were released in March 2011 mandating that religious institution's employees and students would have access to contraceptive coverage. AJCU responded to this first NPRM on June 13, 2011 with a focus on the loss of religious freedom and concern over a new definition of a religious institution that had never been used before. AJCU also responded to the second NPRM of February 1, 2013 and filed a response on April 8, 2013. In this NPRM, AJCU thanked the Departments for inclusion of AJCU's suggested language on establishing a precedent description for a religious institution.

Affiliations

AJCU does not work alone. Here, you will find more information on just a small sample of allies in the work to shine a brighter light on the importance of higher education in the United States.