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Legislative Priorities for the 116th Congress (2019-2020)

The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) and its members assist students and families develop, pay for, and attain their educational goals so they can pursue meaningful and rewarding work and become contributing members of society. As the nation’s largest higher education finance trade
association, NCHER helps shape policies governing federal and private student aid programs on behalf of
students and families. The following are NCHER’s priorities for the 116th Congress:

Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations

  • Extending Account Maintenance Fees (AMF) to support college access and success initiatives
  • Leveraging the expertise of state and nonprofit organizations to help struggling borrowers

Higher Education Act

  • Assisting students and families in making smart postsecondary education decisions
  • Improving federal student aid programs
  • Providing an alternative to LIBOR to promote stability for federal student loan borrowers
  • Improving access to loan rehabilitation for struggling borrowers
  • Protecting students and families by combatting debt relief scams
  • Promoting greater consumer choice for both federal and private student loan borrowers
  • Allowing struggling borrowers to rehabilitate their private education loans
  • Promoting better loan servicing for student and parent borrowers
  • Eliminating unnecessary barriers to assist federal student loan borrowers

Tax Reform

  • Promoting tax-exempt financing of education loans to reduce borrowing costs for students and families

Telecommunications Reform

  • Using technology to help struggling borrowers

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