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.

Legislative Priorities:

The Joint Legislative Agenda

The Agenda catalogs the complete priorities for community colleges for each Congress.

Download the 2021 - 2022 Joint ACCT - AACC Legislative Agenda for the 117th 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.

Download the 2022 Community College Federal Legislative Priorities. 

Background Information on 2022 Legislative Priorities.

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.

ACCT Funding Priorities for Fiscal Year 2023.

Approved Fiscal Year 2022 Community Funding Projects/Congressionally Directed Spending for Community Colleges. 


Key Issue Areas:

College Promise Resources

The College Promise movement aims to make two years of community college education as universally available to all Americans as K-12 education.

Pell Grants

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.

Cohort Default Rates

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.


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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.


Latest Action in Washington Electronic Alerts (E-LAW)

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