Legislative Priorities and Issue Areas
Each year, ACCT and AACC establish joint community college federal legislative priorities that represent our members' interests. Additionally, ACCT provides information on key issue areas of interest to community colleges.
The Joint Legislative Agenda
The Agenda catalogs the complete priorities for community colleges for each Congress.
Legislative Priorities (The Green Sheet)
Released each year at the National Legislative Summit, the legislative priorities one-pager - always green! - is the guide community college leaders use for timely updates at their meetings in Washington. Click below to download the green sheet as well as detailed backgrounders for each topic mentioned.
Community College Federal Funding Priorities
Each year Congress must pass discretionary funding for each of the 12 federal agencies. Click below to see the funding levels that community colleges requested to start Oct 1, 2022.
Key Issue Areas:
The College Promise movement aims to make two years of community college education as universally available to all Americans as K-12 education.
Each year, the Pell Grant program enables more than three million community college students with financial need to pay for tuition, books, transportation, and living expenses. The Pell Grant remains a valuable investment in a better-educated workforce, higher wages, and a stronger economy.
Community colleges are concerned about student loan default and are already actively working to help students be successful in repaying their loans. This page helps to explain the default metric, its limitation and impact for community colleges, and potential federal policy changes.
Latest Action in Washington Electronic Alerts (E-LAW)
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Whether through Pell Grants, institutional aid, or workforce development programs, the federal government has a significant impact on community colleges. The Association of Community College Trustees strongly believes that civic action is an important part of working for community colleges. To that end, the Advocacy section of this website is designed to help trustees become better informed about what is happening in Washington, gain knowledge as how to be the best advocate, and take action on behalf of their institutions. If you can't find what you need here, don't hesitate to contact us.