April 21, 2023
HACU releases its 2023 Legislative Agenda
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has released its 2023 Legislative Agenda for the 118th Congress to address Hispanic higher education needs as well as critical K-16 pipeline issues into higher education and PK-12 support and funding.
HACU’s top priorities are:
- Equitable funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions across all federal agencies
- Increasing authorization levels for Title V Part A and Title V Part B, especially in light of the rapid growth in the number of HSIs that educate the nation’s future workforce
- Reauthorization of the Farm Bill of 2023, which will strengthen the capacity of HSIs and Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities
- Immigration Reform, including immediate passage of the Dream Act followed by a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill
- Increasing the Pell Grant to cover expenses beyond tuition, as well as extending eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligible and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Capital Financing Bill to provide federally guaranteed loans at zero to nominal interest rates to finance infrastructure improvements at HSIs
- Hispanic Educational Resources and Empowerment (HERE) Act, supporting partnerships and collaborations between HSIs and Hispanic-Serving School Districts
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C and Sacramento, California.