Federal Priorities
Federal Priorities

Federal Public Policy

Independent Colleges of Washington holds memberships with the American Council on Education (ACE), The Council of Independent Colleges, as well as the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and its affiliate, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives (NAICUSE). Through these associations, we collaborate with partners across the country to advance federal higher education policy, monitor regulations, support our students, and enhance visibility for our member campuses.

ICW’s federal public policy priorities focus on student aid, tax policy, and government regulation. We support policies that help ensure students can attend the high-quality college that best serves their interests, needs, and aspirations.

National Memberships

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National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)

NAICU is the only national organization solely focused on representing private, nonprofit higher education on public policy issues in Washington, D.C.

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American Council on Education (ACE)

The American Council on Education (ACE) is a membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice.

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The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership; advance institutional excellence; and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society.

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Yes We Must Coalition

The Yes We Must Coalition strives to increase degree attainment of students from low-income backgrounds by promoting the work of independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities where undergraduate enrollment of Pell-eligible students is 50% or more.

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Federal student aid is essential to Washington’s college students

Federal student aid programs make college possible for millions of students nationwide. Using the most recently available U.S. Department of Education data, NAICU reports determine the distribution of federal student aid in every state and Congressional district in the United States. Across the state of Washington, more than 100,000 students rely on Pell Grants, campus-based programs (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, and Perkins Loans), and federal loans.

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