March 2023 Legislative Letter 📜 NAGPS

March 2023 Legislative Letter 📜 NAGPS


March 2023 Legislative Letter 📜 NAGPS

March 1, 2023


Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs made a statement that she wanted to commit $40 million to the Dreamers Scholarship Program in Arizona. This statement comes after a vote in the recent election to grant dreamers in-state tuition.

Look out for more documents and updates over the next few weeks as we gear up for our Spring Legislative Action Day on March 25-27!



Debt Relief

There has been recent focus on other forms of debt relief, with some changes to income-driven repayment plans to make loan payments more manageable for students, cutting minimum payments for low-income borrowers, as well as reducing interest accumulation for these borrowers.

Mental Health

More than 188 million dollars have been awarded to 170 different grantees to strengthen high-needs districts with mental health professionals. This is part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda. To find the districts and schools that benefit from these grants, click here.



Who’s on the hill?

We will be updating our “Primer on Key Players”, a document on key legislators in higher education policy, as we get closer to our Spring Legislative Action Day! Keep on the lookout!

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce: Oversees all educational programs and provides policies in education, human services, and workforce.

The Committee on Science and Space Technology: Oversees all civilian energy, astronautical, aviation, marine, weather, science, etc. research and development as well as the laws, programs, and policies connected to them.

The Budget Committee: Oversees aggregate levels of spending, revenue, surplus or deficit, and public debt. Otherwise known as ‘the power of the purse’.

Debt Relief

Senators and Representatives signed two separate amicus briefs, Final Senators’ Amicus Brief and Final Representatives’ Amicus Brief, to block loan forgiveness. Click this link for more information.



H.Res.110 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): Supporting the goals and ideals of “Career and Technical Education Month”. | | Library of Congress

Summary: Resolution to support and celebrate career and technical education across the U.S.

Actions: Introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. 8 FEB 23.

H.R. 302

H.R.302 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): To direct the Secretary of Energy to provide financial assistance to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers pursuing certain courses of study relating to cybersecurity and energy infrastructure, and for other purposes. | | Library of Congress

Summary: Requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish an Energy Cybersecurity University Leadership Program to provide financial assistance, research experience, and training experience to graduate students and researchers studying cybersecurity competencies within energy infrastructure needs.

Actions: Passed the House, received in the Senate, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 7 FEB 23.


H.R.751 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require as a condition of satisfying the definition of an approved medical residency training program for purposes of payments under Medicare for costs related to graduate medical education for hospitals operating such a program to submit information to encourage more equitable treatment of osteopathic and allopathic candidates in the residency application and review process, and for other purposes. | | Library of Congress

Summary: Hospitals may use some of their Medicare payments for residency and training programs, specifically for their osteopathic and allopathic sections and candidates.

Actions: Introduced in the House. Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 2 FEB 23.


S.136 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): ISA Student Protection Act of 2023 | | Library of Congress

Summary: To provide a consumer protection framework necessary to support the growth of accessible, affordable, and accountable financing options for postsecondary education, and for other purposes.

Actions: Introduced in the Senate, referred to the Committee on Finance. 30 JAN 23.


H.R.322 – 118th Congress (2023-2024): Educational Opportunity and Success Act of 2023 | | Library of Congress

Summary: To modify the Federal TRIO programs, raising the minimum grant budget and adjusting the language of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Actions: Introduced in the House, referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. 12 JAN 23.



A bill has been filed in the House of Representatives that gives the State Board of Governors more power over Florida public universities, changes hiring practices that would allow universities to remove diversity and inclusion statements and would allow a professor’s tenure to be called into question at any time.

It also forces public universities to remove Gender Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Intersectionality degrees and prohibits funding to university programs that support these causes and ideas.

A link to the bill can be found here.



Debt Forgiveness

Currently, the Supreme Court has blocked student loan forgiveness as they hear two cases: Biden v. Nebraska and Department of Education v. Brown.

As of the 28th of February 2023, the supreme court has heard the argument for the petitioners, President Biden and the Solicitor General. For more information, please click this link.

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