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AAU report shows that students at AAU institutions are less likely to graduate with debt than those at other nonprofit, four-year universities and their default rates are significantly lower.
I write on behalf of the higher education associations listed below to express our strong support for enacting legislation to maintain the subsidized Stafford student loan interest rate at 3.4 percent. Allowing this rate to double, as it is scheduled to do on July 1st, would impose significant additional costs on more than 7.4 million students and their families.
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On behalf of the higher education associations and accrediting organizations listed below, I urge you to vote for H.R. 2117, which would repeal two highly problematic and prescriptive regulations initiated by the Department of Education (ED).
We write to request that you delay the implementation of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Program. The Department of Defense has issued a deadline of January 1, 2012 for institutions of higher education to sign the MOU in order to become or remain eligible for participation in the TA program..
On behalf of the higher education associations listed below, I write to express our concerns with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Military Tuition Assistance (TA) program. The MOU was issued March 15, 2011 as the appendix to DoD Instruction 1322.25. Institutions are required to submit a signed MOU before January 1, 2012 in order to maintain eligibility to participate in the TA program next year..
As you continue your work on the FY 2012 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, we write as a community to express two commonly held, significant concerns with the approach outlined in the subcommittee proposal. First, we appreciate the difficult choices facing the Committee as it attempts to fill the existing $1.3 billion shortfall in the Pell Grant program. As members of the higher education community, we are eager to assist you in finding the best way to achieve the necessary savings..
AAU applauds the President and Congress for providing critical funding to sustain the Pell Grant program in the agreement to raise the ceiling on the national debt.
Budget Debt Limit letter to President, Vice President and House and Senate Leadership.
Our nation must address budget deficits and the growing debt if we are to remain vibrant, secure, and competitive for the coming decades. We need to do this in a sensible and strategic way that allocates federal resources to areas where there is a clear federal role and that give us the best chance of improving our future.
Higher Education Groups thank Representative Foxx for bill repealing State Authorization and Credit Hour Provisions
We write to you to support the Pell Grant maximum award of $5,550, as proposed in the President's budget, for students who want to pursue their higher education dreams, but have limited means to attend and graduate from college..
On behalf of the 70 associations and organizations listed below, I write to request your assistance in blocking two regulations issued as part of the Department of Education’s Oct. 29, 2010, final program integrity rule: (1) the regulation creating a federal definition of credit hour in Section 600.2; and (2) the state authorization and related distance education requirements in Section 600.9..
AAU President Robert Berdahl thanks the President for his leadership and efforts to sustain strong federal investments in scientific research and student aid, particularly in maintaining the Pell Grant maximum award, in the final FY11 spending measure.
On behalf of the millions of students, educators, administrators and college presidents we represent, we urge you to oppose H.Con. Res. 34 when it comes to the floor for a vote. The budget proposed by Chairman Ryan for fiscal year 2012 seeks to “ensure that the next generation inherits a stronger, more prosperous America.” It is a worthy goal, but we do not believe it can be met with the large cuts to student aid contained in the proposal..
On behalf of more than 70 higher education associations and accrediting organizations listed below, I write to thank you for holding a hearing to examine the Department of Education's final program integrity rule issued on October 29, 2010. The goal of this rule was to eliminate fraud and abuse, shield students from predatory practices and protect taxpayer investment in the Title IV financial aid programs, all of which are objectives we strongly support..
On behalf of the 60 higher education associations and accrediting organizations listed below, I write to express our serious concerns regarding the state authorization regulations in Section 600.9 of the Oct. 29, 2010, final program integrity rule. These final regulations significantly expand and complicate the existing federal requirements for institutions to be “legally authorized” in a state. While the final rule reflects changes from the draft proposal, these changes do not address the concerns we raised during the rulemaking process. In addition, the final rule includes an entirely new and problematic provision regulating distance education programs..
On behalf of the more than 70 higher education associations and accrediting organizations listed below, I write to express grave concerns with the creation of a federal definition of credit hour in Section 600.2 of the Oct. 29, 2010, program integrity regulations. We request that you immediately rescind this definition from the final regulations..
The Student Aid Alliance thanks the House for including fix for Pell Grant program shortfall in the FY11 continuing resolution (CR) and urges Members to vote in favor of the CR.
Higher education associations comment on proposed Department of Education regulations on occupation-specific training programs that prepare students for gainful employment.
AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036-1193 Telephone: (202) 939-9355 • Fax: (202) 833-4762 Web: http://www.acenet.edu August 2, 2010 Ms. Jessica Finkel U.S. Department of Education 1990 K Street NW, Room 8031 Washington, DC 20006-8502 Dear Ms. Finkel: On behalf
July 15, 2010 Dear Senator, The undersigned organizations representing the broad range of stakeholders in the education community applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for including in the supplemental appropriations bill a $10 billion Education Jobs Fund to stave off massive educator layoffs and $4.95 billion to a
AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT One Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036-1193 Telephone: (202) 939-9355 • Fax: (202) 833-4762 July 1, 2010 U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Representative: The higher education associations listed below urge you to support H.R. 4899, which w
As the House of Representatives considers making supplemental appropriations for this year, we urge you to include the $5.7 billion needed to retire a recession-driven shortfall in the Pell Grant program. Pell Grants are the foundation of all federal financial aid, and the key to nearly nine million students' and their families' ability to afford a higher education..
The higher education associations listed below thank you for including $5.7 billion in the FY 2010 supplemental appropriations bill to address the projected shortfall in the Pell Grant Program. Enrollment in higher education increases during difficult economic times and without these additional funds, the impacts on the neediest current and future college students could be devastating..
On behalf of the higher education institutions and associations listed below, representing students, parents, faculty, administrators and college presidents, we write to thank you for providing $5.7 billion to retire the current Pell Grant shortfall in the FY2010 supplemental appropriations bill before your committee..
In our FY 2011 appropriations request, we call on Congress to continue its bipartisan support of the federal student aid programs – which combine grant, work-study, and loan programs to enable low-income students to succeed. Since the onset of the economic downturn two years ago, college enrollment has surged, and federal student aid applications have increased by almost 20 percent..
On behalf of the higher education institutions and associations listed below, we write to alert you to the pending emergency in the Pell Grant program, and to ask your support in resolving it..
AAU supports the President’s proposal to increase the maximum Pell Grant to $5,710 in FY11. AAU also encourages Congress to provide $4.3 billion for other federal student aid programs in FY11..
On behalf of the higher education associations listed below, I write to express our strong support for the Obama administration’s proposal to expand the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) program. We are pleased that the president’s fiscal year 2011 budget request includes an expansion of IBR, which we know has been a priority for you and the Middle Class Task Force..
As you consider how to best leverage federal investment to create and retain jobs, we urge you to match the House’s inclusion of $300 million for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provided in the Jobs for Main Street Act of 2010..
On behalf of more than 80 organizations representing students, parents, faculty and staff and higher education institutions, we ask you to vote in opposition to Sen. Coburn’s amendment to H.J. Res. 45. Sen. Coburn’s amendment would seek to address deficits by cutting funding to programs that promote a strong economy..
I write on behalf of the associations listed below regarding H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act—legislation that builds on past congressional efforts to expand access to college for students with the talent and desire to follow their dreams..
Without the partnership between the federal government, states, institutions and families, millions of students would not be able to go to college. We call on the 111th Congress to continue its bipartisan support of the federal student aid programs – which combine grant, work-study, and loan programs to enable low-income students to succeed..
On behalf of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents 60 leading U.S. public and private research universities, I am writing to ask that you provide the House committee-approved funding levels for the Department of Education higher education programs in the final FY09 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and provide the full $1.9 billion increase requested by the advocacy community for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)..
In the second session, Congress must recommit to increasing student aid appropriations. With a federal budget of $3 trillion, a shaky economy, and the national need to remain globally competitive, the federal government should choose to make an investment in college students’ futures..
President Bush submitted a budget to Congress today that would provide a modest $69 increase in the Pell Grant maximum award. The $69 increase does nothing more than return the program to its FY 2007 level..
We urge that the FY 2009 appropriation should provide a significant increase for student aid. Not only do our nation’s students deserve a college education, but our nation’s competitive and economic health depends on it..
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