For more information on the AJCU Federal Relations Network, please contact AJCU Vice President for Federal Relations Cynthia Littlefield: (202) 862-9893 or CyndyLit@aol.com.
AJCU works on the Budget every year with the Administration and in the House and Senate Budget Committees. In addition, AJCU works on appropriations each year in both the House and Senate. In the Budget and Appropriations, AJCU works on Federal Student Aid Programs such as Pell grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant program (SEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), Perkins Loan Program, TRIO and GearUP, Graduate Education, Student loans, Parent Plus Loans, Graduate Loans, Teacher Education in Title II, and International Education. In 1965, the first Higher Education Act (HEA) was signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The purpose of HEA is to create the rules and regulations that higher education institutions must follow in order to receive federal student aid dollars from the federal government. Every six years the entire Higher Education Act is reconsidered, which is known as reauthorization. The purpose of this reauthorization is to update, alter or add new rules that every higher education institution has to meet. AJCU provides information on regulations and compliance to member institutions. See below for more.
The following tax provisions assist students and parents to offset the cost of higher education by providing tax credits, deductions, and benefits:
AJCU works with a number of coalitions nation-wide to continue to build the best support for federal student aid. Below are a few organizations in which AJCU remains most active: These personal stories from students at Jesuit institutions throughout the country are representative of the success of federal student aid programs. Click on each school title below to learn more: