NEA speaks up for the rights of students. Browse recent messages to Congressional leadership, and add your voice.
More careers than ever require post-secondary education, yet higher education is increasingly out of reach. Students and families—not public dollars—now fund the bulk of higher education costs.
For years, NEA members advocated together in favor of canceling college debt to help fix the teacher shortage. Now, because of the Biden administration’s life-changing actions, student loans taken out by 48 million borrowers are being substantially reduced, forgiven, or even canceled outright. This has a ripple effect, impacting not only the borrowers themselves, but parents and grandparents who are helping them repay their debts and the loved ones who depend on them financially.
But our work is not over. Providing two years of tuition-free access to community college or a four-year institution would help make higher education affordable and accessible to all.
There are other crucial steps we must take to strengthen higher education. Institutions must invest in full-time, tenure-track faculty members, support academic freedom, and improve working conditions for adjunct or “contingent” faculty.
Letters & Testimony
Submitted on 11/18/2022
Submitted on 09/20/2022
Submitted on 03/09/2022
Bills in Congress
Learn NEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools
Introduced on 04/14/2022
The legislation would allow individuals who consolidated their student loan debt with a spouse to sever the loans, filling the void Congress left when it eliminated the program in 2006. Having this option is crucial in the case of domestic or financial abuse.
Introduced on 04/07/2022
A bill to simplify the process of receiving loan forgiveness, improve the applicant success rate, and encourage people to enter public service.
H Con Res 70 Condemning threats of violence against historically Black colleges and universities ("HBCUs") and reaffirming support for HBCUs and their students. www.congress.gov
Introduced on 03/07/2022
vote YES on H.Con.Res. 70
“When we approach this question of disinvestment in higher education, we do so from the perspective of social justice, from the perspective of equity, from the perspective of the quality of life for our students.”