HECA advocacy

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June 16, 2021

HECA joins 33 other national education organizations in signing the following letter sent to the US Senate and House of Representatives urging them to include tax proposals in any legislation that incorporates the American Jobs and American Families plans. Read the full letter HERE.


June 14, 2021

HECA joins 47 other national education organizations in signing the following letter sent to the US Senate and House of Representatives requesting their support for the critical programs serving students, institutions, and researchers under their authority. Read the full letter HERE.


June 11, 2021

HECA joins 40 other national educational organizations in signing the following letter sent to the U.S. Department of State regarding the application of Presidential Proclamation 10043, "Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People's Republic of China." Read the full letter HERE.


June 7, 2021


HECA joins 42 other national educational organizations in signing the following letter sent to the House of Representative sponsors of the Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act (student ID/suicide prevention hotline). Read the full letter HERE.


April 21, 2021

HECA Statement on George Floyd Verdict


April 16, 2021


HECA joins 41 other national educational organizations in signing the following letter which was sent to the U.S. Senate supporting James Kvaal's nomination to be Undersecretary of Education. Read the full letter HERE.


April 2, 2021


HECA joins nearly 1,200 organizations, including nearly 900 colleges and universities, signing the following letter which was sent to Congress urging them to bring an affordable, high-quality college education within reach for all students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant. Read the full letter HERE.


March 18, 2021


Recent HGRC Activities: HECA Government Relations Committee in partnership with the American Council on Education, has signed a number of letters recently. Topics include: support for international students, support for The Dream Act, and support for the American Rescue Plan Act. These letters can be found below on this page.

What can you do? Write to you federal legislators thanking them for their hard work! Pick the topic you are the most passionate about. We will have a template available soon. In the meantime, please direct any questions to Marie Morris, hgrc@hecaonline.org or Scott S. Garbini, equity-access@hecaonline.org.

Also, a message went out on the list serv regarding the recent and ongoing violence targeted at Asian Americans.

In keeping with HECA’s mission statement to “promote equity and access to higher education for all students”, HECA condemns the growing incidence of violence and discrimination against Asian American students, as well as students from Asian countries, occurring in US schools and postsecondary institutions . We stand by our students and colleagues who are Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islanders, and against all acts of violence and hate, and we urge our fellow citizens to do the same.

Here are some resources to educate and act:

March 18, 2021


HECA joins 40 other national educational organizations in signing the following letter which was sent to the U.S. Department of State Office of the Secretary and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Secretary about actions that could be taken in support of international students in the lead up to the fall 2021 semester. Read the full letter HERE.


March 15 2021


HECA joins 44 other national educational organizations in signing the letter of thanks to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer for supporting postsecondary students and institutions in H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Read the full letter HERE.

March 9, 2021


HECA joins 50 other national educational organizations in signing the Telehealth/TREAT Act letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Read the full letter HERE.

February 24, 2021


HECA joins 51 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council of Education's letter to Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Mitch McConnell in support of the Dream Act. Read the full letter HERE.


February 2, 2021


HECA joins 38 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council of Education's letter to President Biden outlining the ways that higher education institutions could be a resource in the fight against the COVID pandemic. Read the full letter HERE.


January 29, 2021


HECA joins 54 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to Acting Secretary of Education Phil Rosenfelt asking that Dreamers and International Students be eligible for emergency student funds under HEERF II. Read the full letter HERE.


January 28, 2021


HECA joins 47 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to Secretary Blinken that congratulates him on his confirmation as U.S. Secretary of State and calls his attention to several steps we hope he will take to facilitate the enrollment of international students at American colleges and universities. Read the full letter HERE.


January 26, 2021


HECA joins 38 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current delays in receipting and adjudicating Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization applications, as part of the COVID-19 issues impacting the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lockbox. Read the full letter HERE.


December 4, 2020


HECA joins 35 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to the Department of Homeland Security seeking guidance for international students and exchange visitors during the COVID-19 crisis for the Spring 2021 semester Read the full letter HERE. 


December 2, 2020


HECA joins more than 100 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to House and Senate leadership providing an assessment of the financial impact of the pandemic on colleges and universities.  Read the full letter HERE.

December 1, 2020


HECA joins more than 50 national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to the Department of Labor regarding the President's Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping. Read the full letter HERE

November 20, 2020


HECA joins more than 40 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter urging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to continue to extend the current suspension of payment and zero percent interest for federal student loan borrowers. Read the full  letter HERE.

November 18, 2020


HECA joins more than 40 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter urging Biden to quickly move and take action to modify some of the executive branch actions taken by the current administration. Read the full letter HERE.

July 30, 2020


Given HECA’s mission to work towards equity and access to higher education, the HECA Government Relations and Advocacy committee (GRAC) calls your attention to the impact of the census on public school funding. Read the full statement HERE.

July 10, 2020


HECA strongly opposes the announcement this week by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 international students must return to their home country or face deportation if their educational institution offers only online classes during the fall semester. Read the full statement HERE.

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