Close this search box.

Defend Our Students’ Right To Emergency Aid

Defend Our Students’ Right To Emergency Aid

Dear AACS Members:


On October 1st, the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a revised version of the Democrats’ $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Introduced by Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), the HEROES Act completely excludes any student attending an AACS member school from receiving any additional aid or any member school from receiving any additional support. The exclusion of our schools and students from the bill sends a clear signal that certain Members of Congress do not value the lives of our students, which happen to be disproportionately minority and predominantly women, single parents, and those who identify as LGBTQ and/or BIPOC.   Nor do they care about supporting ALL students and ALL institutions during a global pandemic.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has previously stated that the House proposal will fail in the Senate. Although President Trump announced this week that he called for an end to stimulus talks until after the election, informal discussions continue and the time is now to weigh in, given the potential for negotiations to start in earnest again or a potential “Lame Duck” package in November after the election.

It is critical that AACS member schools reach out to their respective Congressional Members and urge them to support a stimulus package that provides funding and support for our students. I cannot stress enough how vital it is for you to contact your respective Representatives. As a local leader whose institution will be profoundly impacted by this legislation, your Member of Congress will develop their view of the bill based on your input, and either seek to support, oppose, or amend the bill based on how it will affect their constituents. Every contact we make matters, and our voice will be heard! As a constituent and employer, your voice carries significant weight with policy makers.

We have made this easy for you: please click here to use the AACS Phone2Action system to auto generate an appropriation communication to your House Member and Senators (based on zip code of your institution(s)], asking your Member to urge appropriators and House Leadership to include our students in a final package.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional clarification on this matter. Once again, our sector of higher education is officially under attack, and it is imperative that we stand up and fight for our institutions, our students, and the well-being of our students.

AACS Government Relations Committee

Contact Your Representatives Today

Related Posts

State Update – June 4

The first week of the June finds only 14 state legislatures actively meeting. Recent and upcoming legislative adjournments include Louisiana on June 3 and New York on June 6. 

Another four states – Arizona, Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island – will be adjourning their respective 2024 legislative sessions at the end of the month.

Learn More >

State Update – May 22

The week before Memorial Day finds 16 state legislatures actively meeting, including Minnesota which adjourned for the year on Monday and West Virginia, which is meeting in special session to pass additional appropriations to the budget.

Learn More >