On December 8, CGS joined a letter to Congressional leadership emphasizing the importance of swift action to complete the fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations bills to support federal scientific research and development.
On December 2, CGS joined a community letter to Congressional leadership highlighting the need for additional COVID-19 supplemental funding to support students and institutions.
On November 24, the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC), of which CGS is a member, sent a letter to congressional appropriators recommending the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title VII health professions and Title VIII nursing workforce development programs receive $790 million for fiscal year (FY) 2021.
On November 20, CGS joined a letter to leadership of the House and Senate appropriations committees reiterating a community request of $8.5 billion for the National Science Foundation in FY 2021.
CGS Joins Letter Supporting NDAA Provisions (10/02/20)
On October 2, CGS joined higher education and industry colleagues on a letter urging inclusion of two provisions related to research and international students in a final FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act package.
On September 30, CGS sent a letter of support to the original cosponsors of H.R. 8044, which would provide the National Science Foundation funding to provide postdoctoral fellowships for early-career researchers whose employment prospects may have been impacted by COVID-19.
CGS joined a community letter to House leadership requesting $120 billion for higher education be included in the next COVID-19 aid legislation.
CGS Endorses the Senate’s RISE Act (9/15/20)
CGS sent a letter to the bipartisan cosponsors of the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (Rise) Act, S.4286, which would provide $26 billion in additional support for the federal research enterprise in light of COVID-19.
On September 11, the Task Force on American Innovation, of which CGS is a member, sent a letter to Congress requesting specific U.S. scientific research and development provisions be included in the final FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Acts.
CGS joined organizations and institutions for biomedical research on a letter urging federal negotiators to quickly finalize an emergency funding agreement, including at least $15.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health.
On August 5, CGS joined 71 higher education organizations urging Congress to include the maximum funding levels possible for student and institutional aid in the next COVID-19 relief legislation.
On July 29, CGS joined 77 other higher education organizations requesting reasonable liability protections for institutions of higher education as they reopen.
On July 29, CGS joined a community letter urging Senate leadership provide extensions to provide temporary relief for student loan borrowers, including suspension of repayment and interest accrual in “Phase 4” legislation.
On July 22, CGS joined a community letter sent to Senate leadership encouraging that institutions be able to allocate future COVID-19 emergency grant aid to students without additional restrictions
On July 21, CGS joined a community letter to leadership of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs outlining concerns over provisions included in the Safeguarding American Innovation Act.
CGS sent a letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science for bipartisan passage of their FY 2021 bill. The bill includes several investments in research and training, including the National Science Foundation.
CGS sent a letter to the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies for bipartisan passage of their FY 2021 bill. The bill proposes increases for including student financial aid and research.
CGS Endorses the RISE Act (7/10/20)
CGS sent a letter to the bipartisan cosponsors of the Research Investment to Spark the Economy (Rise) Act, H.R. 7308, which would provide $26 billion in additional support for the federal research enterprise in light of COVID-19.
On July 2, CGS joined a higher education community letter requesting Senate support for costs of reopening institutions in the next COVID-19 supplemental funding package.
On June 26, CGS sent comments to Senate Help, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) in response to his June 9 white paper titled “Preparing for the Next Pandemic.” The Chairman’s white paper addressed five recommendations for future preparation based on the U.S. response to COVID-19.
On June 15, following the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee unanimous approval of Dr. Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan’s nomination to become the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), CGS joined the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) in urging Senate Leadership to oversee an immediate full Senate confirmation vote for Dr. Panchanathan’s nomination.
On June 5, CGS joined a letter led by EDUCAUSE to Congressional leadership on the importance of ensuring broadband access for students, which includes passage of the Supporting Connectivity for Higher Education Students in Need Act. This is particularly timely given the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of distance education.
CGS Supports the Endless Frontier Act (6/1/20)
On June 1, CGS sent letters to House and Senate lawmakers endorsing the Endless Frontier Act (H.R. 6978/S. 3832). Introduced by Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Todd Young (R-IN), the legislation provides significant investments in the National Science Foundation with an expanded focus on new technology. Funding for additional fellowships and traineeships would support undergraduate and graduate students.
On May 29, CGS joined a community letter to Senate leadership emphasizing the higher education community’s need for additional funding during the coronavirus emergency. The letter reiterates the $46.6 billion previously requested in an April letter CGS had also joined.
On May 28, CGS joined a community letter to congressional leadership requesting temporary and targeted liability protections to safeguard higher education institutions and their communities as colleges and universities work to safely reopen their doors.
CGS Supports the HEROES Act (5/14/20)
On May 14, CGS joined a higher education community letter in support of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R. 6800). The bill provides approximately $3 trillion in economic relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 13, CGS sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State with recommendations and seeking additional guidance on issues related to the international graduate student pipeline during COVID-19.
On May 7, CGS joined a higher education community letter to leadership of the House Education and Labor and Senate HELP committees requesting technical changes that would further improve provisions in the CARES Act.
On May 7, CGS joined its higher education colleagues in supporting a bill introduced by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) that would ensure emergency grants to students from the CARES Act are not taxed and makes improvements to the AOTC program.
On April 27, the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research coalition, of which CGS is a member, sent a letter requesting an additional $31 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help the United States recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Requested for future congressional emergency packages, the additional funding will address COVID-19-related research, short- and long-term investments to maintain and build the nation’s biomedical research enterprise, and continue NIH’s investments in disease research (coronavirus or other) through regular appropriations.
On April 21, CGS joined the higher education community in a letter to ensure CARES Act emergency student financial aid grants are not subject to taxation.
On April 20, CGS joined the higher education community on letters to the House and Senate requesting relief for student loan borrowers. The letters urge relief for borrowers until June 30, 2021, or until the unemployment rates remain below 8 percent for three consecutive months. Among the proposals include requests to continue the zero-interest deferred payments for borrowers and the suspension of collection activities for borrowers who have defaulted on any type of federal loan provided under the CARES Act and to extend the post-graduation grace period for students leaving school.
CGS’s Requests for Future COVID-19 Legislation (4/17/2020)
On April 17, CGS sent letters to House and Senate leadership outlining policy recommendations and requests to be adopted in future legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the association requests $46.6 billion to assist students and institutions, additional funding for federal research grants and extensions, suspending taxation on student grant aid and scholarship, making federal student loan and repayment terms more feasible, and outlining concerns related to the international graduate student community.
On April 13, CGS joined the higher education community on a letter supporting the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. The bill would provide the Department of Veterans Affairs flexibility to address disruptions to veterans’ education benefits caused by COVID-19.
On April 9, CGS joined the higher education community on letters to the House and Senate requesting an additional $46.6 billion in emergency aid to institutions and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 9, CGS joined over 30 other higher education associations on a letter to House and Senate leadership with tax policy requests for the next COVID-19 stimulus bill.
On April 2, CGS joined a community letter urging state governors to temporarily suspend state-based licensing restrictions on health care and mental health care professionals to ensure access to sufficient health services (including those for students) during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
CGS joined a community letter commending Senator James Lankford (R-OK) for introducing an amendment to create an above-the-line deduction for charitable giving.
On March 23, CGS joined the higher education community in sending letters to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to actualize emergency relief to students, colleges, and universities in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal requests emergency relief to students and institutions, access to low-cost capital, a technology relief fund, and administrative flexibility.
On March 16, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation, S. 3503, granting the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs authority to provide education benefits for veterans when approved education programs move online due to an emergency or health-related situation. Alongside 70 peer organizations, CGS urges House leadership to quickly pass the Senate’s bipartisan legislation, and in doing so, support student veterans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CGS joined 42 other higher education organizations in encouraging the House of Representatives to pass the FUTURE Act, H.R. 5363. The bill is a new plan crafted by the Senate to permanently fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and other Minority-Serving Institutions for which funding expired October 1. The agreement would also simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and streamline income-driven repayment.
On December 9, CGS joined the higher education community in expressing support for several tax fixes to be included in end of the year negotiations in Congress. The requests included fixing unintended consequences from changes to the so-called “kiddie tax,” reenacting tuition deduction and repealing the new parking and endowment taxes.
CNSF Letter to Appropriations Leadership Re: FY 2020 (10/25/2019)
On October 25, the Coalition for National Science Funding sent a letter to House and Senate appropriations committee leadership urging them to complete the FY 2020 Commerce-Justice-Science bill and to provide the National Science Foundation with at least $8.6 billion.
Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research FY 2020 Letter (10/24/2019)
On October 24, CGS joined an Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research coalition letter addressed to leaders of the House and Senate appropriations committees urging them to swiftly agree to increasing the LHHS-ED allocation for FY 2020, which would boost funding for the National Institutes of Health.
On October 28, CGS submitted a letter to the House Committee on Education and Labor in response to the introduction of the College Affordability Act, which would reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The bill includes measures to expand support for graduate education, including allowing graduate students to allocate remaining semesters of Pell support towards their graduate degree, reinstating subsidized loans for graduate students, and increasing support for HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and other MSIs.
CGS signed a higher education community letter expressing support and concern for provisions contained within the House’s College Affordability Act, which would reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.