AACN's Washington Weekly

Published October 16, 2019


House Introduces Bill Reauthorizing Higher Education Act 

On October 15, Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA-03), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, introduced H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act. H.R. 4674 aims to lower the cost of college for students and families, improve the quality of higher education through stronger accountability, and expand opportunity by providing support to students.

While AACN is still closely reviewing this bill, we are pleased to see that it includes a number of AACN priorities including: allowing students to exhaust full Pell eligibility on graduate studies following completion of a bachelor’s degree, improving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, and investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). For more information, see the College Affordability Act Fact Sheet and Section-by-Section. Check out @AACNPolicy for breaking news as we continue to review and monitor the advancement of this legislation.

Grant Opportunity: NIDA-AACN Mentored Training Award in SUD Treatment  

We are proud to announce the opportunity to award two $10,000 grants to graduate students (master’s, doctoral, or post-doctoral) from an accredited program (or PhD program) at an AACN member school. These awards support the development of expertise in substance use disorders (SUDs) through completion of a mentored experience and project that utilizes existing evidence-based treatment science. The grants support projects focusing on research, dissemination, and adoption of evidence-based SUD treatment practices in health care. This joint NIDA-AACN award is a result of AACN’s continued collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is sponsored by AACN. The AACN-NIDA partnership has awarded $30,000 to AACN members schools over the last three years. 

View the Call for Proposals. The application deadline is November 4, 2019. Apply Today!

Attend AACN’s Fall Capitol Hill Day and Congressional Reception

AACN’s Fall Capitol Hill Day and Congressional Reception is right around the corner! On October 21, nearly 350 AACN deans and associate deans will be meeting with their federal policymakers in Washington, DC to share top legislative priorities impacting nursing education, practice and research. AACN provides this opportunity to all attendees of AACN’s Academic Nursing Leadership Conference.

Can’t join us in person? Sign-up to be an AACN Advocate to participate in our Virtual Advocacy Day. As an AACN Advocate, you will be able to join your colleagues in advocating for issues important to academic nursing. All AACN Advocates also receive action alerts and our weekly newsletter, Washington Weekly.

Sign up to be an AACN Advocate and follow Capitol Hill Day on Twitter with @AACNPolicy.


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