Policy Engagement

AJCU Statements & Letters to 118th U.S. Congress & The Administration

Higher Education Act

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.


Comment letter to USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) on proposed increased fees (March 13, 2023)

Tax Policies

Letter regarding the backlog of Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC) filings by independent colleges and universities (May 2, 2023)

Additional Issues

COVID-19 Legislation

  • AJCU letter on the TREAT Act to Congress (April 8, 2024)

Title IX

Homeland Security & International Issues

DACA / Dream Act

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.


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.

View documents from the 116th U.S. Congress
View documents from the 117th U.S. Congress