Affiliated Associations


The Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of 77 higher education organizations united in support of federal student aid.  The Alliance supports a package of proven student aid programs to help students achieve their higher education goals without excessive debt, and activates association and campus communities to tell the student aid story on Capitol Hill.  

The Student Aid Alliance was created in 1994 by NAICU, and successfully fought back $20 billion in student aid cuts from the “Contract with America.”  In the late 1990s-early 2000s, the Alliance was successful in garnering substantial bipartisan support and increased funding for the core student aid programs.  In 2011, the Alliance fought back the Balanced Budget Super Committee proposal to eliminate the in-school interest subsidy, and gained a $17 billion increase in Pell Grants.  More recently, in 2015, as a result of efforts by the Alliance, NAICU members, and many others, the Pell Grant award, TRIO, and GEAR UP saw funding increases, while the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) and Federal Work Study were level-funded.  In a very tough economic environment, this meant that no cuts were made to any student aid programs.

Also in 2015, the Alliance launched the #SaveStudentAid social media advocacy campaign (on Twitter and Facebook) to highlight the importance of federal student aid, and showcase real student examples of those who have benifited from such aid.  

The Legal Services Review Panel evaluates legal issues affecting independent colleges and universities, and advises members on the implications of precedent-setting litigation.

The State-National Information Network (SNIN) Advisory Committee is a NAICU/NAICUSE cooperative effort for research supporting the groups' policy agenda.
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