Call to Action - Member Advocacy Needed in Congress

Dear NASFAA Member,

We need your help! We are calling on all NASFAA members to contact their representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to support the Senate-amended Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act of 2019 (H.R. 2486) as soon as possible. 

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass an amended version of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act of 2019 (H.R. 2486). The FUTURE Act would simplify the financial aid application, verification, and student loan repayment processes for millions of students, along with providing $255 million in permanent, annual mandatory funding to Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The bill includes language from the Faster Access to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Act of 2018 (S. 3611) passed by the Senate last year, which takes the important step of amending both the Internal Revenue Code and the Higher Education Act (HEA) to allow for direct data sharing between the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Education, a change that would greatly reduce verification burden and improve the federal student aid system for students and borrowers.

In order for the bill to move forward in the legislative process, the House must take up the amended bill for a vote. And that's where you come in. Your representative's role in getting this important bill to the House floor is essential to its full passage. We urge you, and your colleagues, to take a moment to write to your representative to explain why the Senate-amended FUTURE Act of 2019 (H.R. 2486) would be such an important step forward for college students in your district, and to urge your representative to let House leadership know this bill should go before the entire House for a vote. If you're not sure of your congressional district or who your representative is, you can find out here.

We hope you'll join us in advocating for this important legislation that would simplify the financial aid application process for students and families, and ease verification burden for administrators. Our policy staff has drafted a sample letter you can copy and paste into a Word document or email and customize with your information. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our policy staff at policy@nasfaa.org with any questions about this bill.

Sincerely,

Justin Draeger
NASFAA President & CEO

Publication Date: 12/6/2019


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