April 10, 2024

HACU releases 2024 Legislative Agenda

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has released its 2024 Legislative Agenda for the 118th Congress to address Hispanic higher education needs, as well as PK-12 support, funding and pipeline issues into higher education.

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 (a 5% increase in the past year) that educate the nation’s future workforce
  • Reauthorization of the Farm Bill to strengthen the capacity of HSIs and Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities, and the creation of a new HSACUs Land Grant category of institutions in the reauthorized Farm Bill
  • Immigration Reform, including immediate passage of the Dream Act followed by a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill
  • Doubling the Pell Grant to $13,000 to cover expenses beyond tuition, as well as extending eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligible and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Establishing an HSIs Capital Financing Program as part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization 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

Click here to download HACU Legislative Agenda