117th U.S. Congress

AJCU Statements & Letters to 117th U.S. Congress & The Administration

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Higher Education Act

  • Letters from ACE and NAICU in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s RFI on public transparency for “low-financial value” postsecondary programs (February 2023)
  • Higher education community comments on proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of Education (August 11, 2022)
  • Letter to U.S. Department of Education with comments from higher ed community on negotiated rulemaking (July 1, 2021)

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.


HOMELAND SECURITY & International Students


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.

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 institutions’ 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.

COVID-19 Legislation

AJCU has joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and other higher education organizations to ask Congress to support students and institutions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis:


AJCU Presidents’ Statements on Undocumented Students
(from multiple congresses)

DACA / Dream Act

Tax Policies

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Additional Issues