Federal Relations
The AJCU Federal Relations Network is the lobbying arm of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and is comprised of representatives from each one of the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The Network advocates for all Federal financial aid programs that are essential in providing access to higher education. Campus-based aid, Pell grants and Federal student loans are critical on Jesuit campuses and need to be preserved. The Vice President for Federal Relations, Cynthia Littlefield, works extensively on issues relating to appropriations, budget, taxes, and issues pertaining to the reauthorization of the higher education act, including regulations, all which impact Federal financial aid programs. The Network meets when needed and annually in September for a legislative conference while also participating in the annual Committee for Education Funding (CEF) Legislative Conference and Awards Dinner.
Federal Relations
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.
A commitment to service is a hallmark of a Jesuit education. Evidence of that commitment is demonstrated by the many Jesuit college and university alumni/ae serving as Members of the U.S. Congress: nine percent of members in the 114th Congress are Jesuit alumni/ae. See the list of Jesuit Alumni/ae in the 114th Congress here.

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. Click here for more.

Click here to learn about tax provisions that 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. Click here to learn about the organizations with 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 here to learn more.

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“As a product of Catholic schools, continuing my education at a Jesuit institution was a logical part of my journey. The emphasis on using your talents and skills to improve the lives and conditions of others, rather than focusing on personal enrichment, resonated deeply with me. I truly believe that living my life in service of others - both personally and professionally - has allowed me to thrive in unimaginable ways.”
Major General Marcia Anderson, Creighton University '79

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Federal Relations

AJCU Federal Relations Network is the lobbying arm of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and comprised of at least one representative from each one of the twenty-eight Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The Network is kept up to date on an on-going basis by the Vice President for Federal Relations on all issues relating to Appropriations, budget, higher education authorization issues and taxes. The Network meets annually in September for a Legislative Conference and also participates in the Annual Committee for Education Funding Legislative Conference and Awards Dinner.
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AJCU Conferences

The 35+ Conferences sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) are affinity groups within the AJCU Network. The Conferences provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and best practices; support the professional development of their members; and present opportunities for AJCU representatives to discuss opportunities and challenges in Jesuit higher education. Most of the AJCU Conference groups meet in person at least once a year, and many of them communicate regularly through an AJCU listserv.
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International Outreach

The member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) are committed to developing programs and partnerships that advance international education and support initiatives that advance global citizenship.
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