116th Congress

    Community Letter Urges Passage of the FUTURE Act (9/17/2019)

    CGS, along with 42 other organizations, sent a letter to leadership in the House of Representatives and the Senate urging passage of the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act (H.R. 2486), which would extend vital, mandatory funding for STEM programs at HBCUs, HSIs, MSIs, and TCUs. Funding expires September 30, 2019 if an extension is not passed into law.

     

    CGS-Led Community Letter in Support of Expanding Access to Graduate Education Act (8/15/2019)

    On August 15, CGS led a community letter to the co-sponsors of the Expanding Access to Graduate Education Act (H.R. 3334). The legislation would allow graduate students, who received Pell Grants as undergraduates, to continue allocating unused semesters of support towards a graduate degree.

     

    Community Letter on College Hunger Legislation (8/1/2019)

    On August 1, CGS joined the higher education community in support of the College Student Hunger Act of 2019 (S. 2143/H.R. 3809). The legislation expands Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) access to eligible colleges students, including a portion of graduate students.  

     

    CGS Supports House and Senate Bills to Address Campus Food Insecurity (7/30/2019)

    On July 30, CGS sent a letter of support the College Student Hunger Act of 2019 (H.R. 3809/S.2143), which would expand eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to include Pell Grant-eligible and certain independent students, as well as those who have an expected family contribution of zero. The letters applaud the cosponsors for addressing the critical issue of food insecurity in higher education, but also urges them to reconsider the definition of “independent student” to increase eligibility for a broader range of graduate students.

     

    CGS Supports Teacher Prep Legislation (7/30/2019)

    On July 30, CGS sent a letter in support of the Teacher Education for Computer Science Act (H.R. 3808), which would provide funding to improve the training of graduate-prepared computer science teachers at U.S. graduate schools.

     

    CGS Supports House and Senate Bills on College Student Mental Health (7/23/2019)

    On July 23, CGS sent letters in support of the Higher Education Mental Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 3489/S. 1204), which would create a national commission aimed at improving services available to students with mental health issues. The letter urges the lawmakers to remain aware of the unique needs of graduate students, “non-traditional” students, and student veterans. CGS has previously supported the legislation when it was introduced in the 115th Congress.

     

    Community Letter Urges Support for Graduate Education in HEA Reauthorization (7/15/2019)

    On July 15, CGS joined the higher education community in a letter to key lawmakers in the House and Senate urging them to prioritize graduate and professional education as they work on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA). Specifically, the letter calls out federal programs that provide financial assistance for graduate students, including Grad PLUS.

     

    CGS Supports Bill Eliminating Student Loan Fees (7/12/2019)

    On July 12, CGS sent a letter of support to the cosponsors of the Fee Free Student Loan Act (H.R. 3674), which would eliminate origination fees on all federal student loans. 

     

    CGS Supports Bill to Reinstate Subsidized Loans for Graduate Students (7/3/2019)

    On July 3, CGS sent a letter to Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) in support of H.R. 3418, the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt (POST GRAD) Act, which would again make graduate students eligible for subsidized federal student loans. 

     

    CGS Supports Elimination of Origination Fees on Student Loans (7/1/2019)

    On July 1, CGS sent a letter in support of S.1696, Student Loan Tax Elimination Act which would eliminate origination fees on all federal student loans. Graduate students currently pay multiple origination fees.

     

    Community Letter Calls on Senate to Pass Dream Act (6/27/2019)

    On June 27, CGS signed onto a higher education community letter urging the Senate to pass the Dream Act of 2019 (S.874), which would provide permanent legal status and a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, including those currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. CGS had supported the legislation upon reintroduction earlier this year, as well as in previous Congresses. 

     

    CGS-Led Community Letter on Grad PLUS Program (6/26/2019)

    On June 26, CGS led a community letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee urging members to preserve the Grad PLUS loan program as they consider the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The letter highlights the importance of Grad PLUS in enabling graduate and professional students to finance their education. 

     

    Community Letter Supports Passage of FY 2020 Education and Science Funding (6/19/2019)

    On June 19, CGS joined the higher education community in a letter to House leadership in support of a Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Appropriations package which includes strong funding levels for student aid, research, and workforce programs. The legislation passed the House later that day.

     

    CGS Applauds Introduction of the Expanding Access to Graduate Education Act (6/20/2019)

    On June 20, CGS sent a letter to Representatives Ann Kuster (D-NH), Fred Upton (R-MI), Kim Schrier (D-WA), Tim Burchett (R-TN), and Harley Rouda (D-CA) thinking them for introducing H.R. 3334 Expanding Access to Graduate Education Act. The bill would allow graduate students to allocate unused semesters of Pell Grant support towards their graduate degree. CGS has long advocated for this proposal.

     

    CGS Joins Coalition Letter Supporting Legislation to Protect Federally-Funded Research (6/17/2019)

    On June 17, CGS signed onto a coalition letter in support of the Securing American Science and Technology Act of 2019, which would create an interagency working group to evaluate current oversight of federally funded research and develop a policy framework to address security needs. The bill would also create a roundtable to encourage collaboration between the federal government and institutions of higher education around these issues, something the higher education community has been particularly supportive of in the past. 

     

    Community Letter in Support of Dream and Promise Act (6/3/2019)

    On June 3, CGS signed onto a higher education community letter in support of H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would provide permanent legal status and a pathway to citizenships to undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children, including those currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The letter urges the House to pass the legislation.

     

    Community Letter on FY 2020 International Education Funding (5/28/2019)

    On May 28, CGS signed onto a Coalition for International Education letter to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee asking them to provide $106.1 million in funding for International Education and Foreign Language Studies, including $95.7 million for HEA-Title VI and $10.4 million for Fulbright-Hays programs, as part of their Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending bill.

     

    Coalition Letter on Two-Year Budget Deal (5/17/2019)

    On May 17, several science and research coalitions of which CGS is a member sent a letter to the President and Congressional leadership urging them to work together on a two-year bipartisan agreement to raise the discretionary spending caps. The letter stresses the critical need for federal investment in scientific research. 

     

    CGS Supports Increases in FY 2020 Higher Education and Research Funding (5/10/2019)

    On May 10, CGS sent a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee commending passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, which the committee reported out on May 8. The letter specifically supports increases to student financial aid, research, and workforce programs critical to graduate education and economic demands.

     

    CGS Statement for the Record in House Education Hearing (5/9/2019)

    On May 9, CGS submitted a statement for the record in a House Education and Labor Higher Education Subcommittee hearing titled, “The Cost of Non-Completion: Improving Student Outcomes in Higher Education." As a way to encourage completion of both an undergraduate and graduate degree, CGS urged the subcommittee to consider allowing individuals, who remain income-eligible, to utilize remaining semesters of Pell Grants towards a graduate degree.

     

    Community Letter in Support of FY 2020 Higher Ed and Research Funding (5/7/2019)

    On May 7, CGS signed onto a higher education community letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee thanking them for their work on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill. The measure provides increases in funding for several student financial assistance and research programs of importance to graduate education.

     

    CGS Supports Funding Increase for Science and Research (5/2/2019)

    On May 2, CGS submitted a letter supporting H.R. 2400, the American Innovation Act, introduced by Representative Bill Foster (D-IL). The legislation would increase the budget of five federal agencies conducting science and research—including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy Office of Science—by five percent annually.

     

    CGS Supports Bill to Increase Funding for Biomedical Research (5/2/2019)

    On May 2, CGS sent a letter supporting H.R. 2401, the American Cures Act, introduced by Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL). The bill would provide annual budget increases of five percent four federal biomedical research agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

     

    CGS Joins Higher Ed Community in Supporting of the Dream Act of 2019 (4/4/2019)

    On April 4, CGS signed onto a higher education community letter in support of the recently reintroduced Dream Act, which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children including those currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. CGS has also supported this legislation when it was introduced in previous years. 

     

    CGS Joins CNSF Letter Supporting a Two-Year Budget Deal (3/28/2019)

    On March 28, CGS, as member of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), joined a letter to Congressional and Administration leaders urging them to enact a two-year bipartisan budget agreement that increases the spending caps for discretionary programs. Specifically, the letter calls out the need for a budget deal to avoid cuts to funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the importance of sustained federal investment in the critical work done by the agency. 

     

    CGS Statement for the Record in House Hearing (3/25/2019)

    On March 25, CGS submitted a statement for the record in a House Education and Labor Committee hearing titled, “The Cost of College: Student Centered Reforms to Bring Higher Education Within Reach.” The testimony urges the committee to maintain and not place borrowing limits on the Grad PLUS loan program, voices support for a proposal allowing Pell to be used towards graduate studies and calls for enhancing other student aid and repayment programs.

     

    Community Letter on Dream and Promise Act (3/20/2019)

    On March 20, CGS signed onto community letter to Congressional leaders in support of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, including those who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

     

    Coalition Calls for Increased FY 2020 Funding for Student Aid Programs (3/18/2019)

    On March 18, the Student Aid Alliance, of which CGS is a member, sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Labor, HHS, and Education Subcommittees urging them to continue and strengthen funding for student aid programs. The letter provides specific Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding level requests, including increases to the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program, TRIO, and Pell Grants.

     

    CGS Joins Coalition Letter on FY 2020 NSF Funding Request (3/14/2019)

    On March 14, CGS joined its Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) colleagues on a letter to key House and Senate appropriators recommending a $9 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriation for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The letter stresses the need to increase funding for the work done by NSF, including for graduate STEM education, to maintain American global competitiveness in research and innovation.

     

    CGS Joins Letter Thanking Congress for FY 2019 NSF Funding (2/25/2019)

    On February 25, as a member of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), CGS joined a letter to Congressional leaders thanking them for passing a Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending package, which provides $8 billion in funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

     

    CGS Offers Comments on Access and Financial Disparities (2/13/2019)

    On Wednesday, February 13, CGS submitted comments in response to a solicitation from a group of senators around disparities faced by students of color when accessing and financing their postsecondary education. The letter underscores the need to continue to diversify graduate programs to address our changing population and the demands of the workforce, and reiterates CGS’s commitment to achieving this goal. Specifically, it highlights a proposal to allow graduate students who remain income-eligible to apply Pell Grants toward their graduate degree, as well as the need to support several current student aid programs that help students from underserved populations finance higher education.

     

    Coalition Letter on Government Shutdown (1/23/2019)

    On Wednesday, January 23, CGS joined a Coalition for National Science Funding letter to the President and Congressional leaders calling on them to end the partial government shutdown and fund the National Science Foundation (NSF). The letter voices concerns around the impact of the funding lapse on science and research conduct by NSF and other federal agencies. 

     

    CGS Welcome Letter to 116th Congress (1/15/2019)

    On January 15, CGS sent letters to members of the House and Senate welcoming them to the 116th Congress. The letters introduce CGS to new and returning Members, highlight our principals around policies of importance to graduate education, and urge policymakers to consider us a resource as these issues arise. 

     

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