NAICU has recommended to Congress that it consider providing a temporary anti-trust exemption for private, nonprofit colleges for purposes of promoting affordability. Such a provision could be for a limited time to ensure public affordability purposes are served through any exemption.
NAICU also supports the current exemption in law, while recognizing its limited scope. This exemption provides relief on institutional need analysis principles, common aid applications, and exchange of financial aid data to need-blind institutions.
In forming its policy position, NAICU members face a particular challenge, because simply assessing the purpose and scope of an exemption can create the perception of violating anti-trust practice.