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  • Federal Legislation and Advocacy

    Whether Congress is in session or not, AFT staff, with the help of members and leaders, are constantly advocating for federal legislation that protects students from fraud and abuse, promotes student access and success, and increases investment in our knowledge economy. Though states exert considerable control over higher education, the federal government also plays an important role, including shaping student aid policy, regulating accrediting bodies, and determining the budgets of agencies like the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

    Beyond the legislative branch AFT works with many federal agencies, most significantly the Department of Education but also including Treasury, Justice, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and directly with White House staff to promote quality higher education.

    It is our goal to keep our members as informed as possible of federal legislation developments through this page. Please send articles or tips to highered@aft.org.

    In The News


    For-Profits Get Earful from Senator Durbin

    In Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Senator Durbin questions for-profit leaders on their misuse of DoD tuition assistance funds.

    Education Dept. Seeks Members for Panel on 'Gainful Employment' Rules

    Gainful employment has been seperated from other issues in upcoming Department of Education rulemaking process, a move vigorously opposed by for-profit colleges who hope to avoid scrutiny. 

    Student Loan Interest Rate Again a Top Political Issue

    Many plans have been introduced in Congress to keep interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans from doubling, with a variety of potential impacts on students and families. 

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