HECA advocacy

January 26, 2021


HECA joins 38 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current delays in receipting and adjudicating Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization applications, as part of the COVID-19 issues impacting the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) lockbox. Read the full letter HERE.


December 4, 2020


HECA joins 35 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to the Department of Homeland Security seeking guidance for international students and exchange visitors during the COVID-19 crisis for the Spring 2021 semester Read the full letter HERE. 


December 2, 2020


HECA joins more than 100 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to House and Senate leadership providing an assessment of the financial impact of the pandemic on colleges and universities.  Read the full letter HERE.

December 1, 2020


HECA joins more than 50 national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter to the Department of Labor regarding the President's Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping. Read the full letter HERE

November 20, 2020


HECA joins more than 40 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter urging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to continue to extend the current suspension of payment and zero percent interest for federal student loan borrowers. Read the full  letter HERE.

November 18, 2020


HECA joins more than 40 other national educational organizations in signing the American Council on Education's letter urging Biden to quickly move and take action to modify some of the executive branch actions taken by the current administration. Read the full letter HERE.

July 30, 2020


Given HECA’s mission to work towards equity and access to higher education, the HECA Government Relations and Advocacy committee (GRAC) calls your attention to the impact of the census on public school funding. Read the full statement HERE.

July 10, 2020


HECA strongly opposes the announcement this week by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 international students must return to their home country or face deportation if their educational institution offers only online classes during the fall semester. Read the full statement HERE.

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