This is a partial list of organizations that oppose the Higher Education Act Aid Elimination Penalty.  For the full list (including state-based groups) visit 

Education Organizations

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Council on Education
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
  • National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium
  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
  • National Association of Graduate and Professional Students
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • National Council for Higher Education
  • National Education Association
  • United Negro College Fund
  • United States Student Association

Religious Denominations

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • National Council of the Churches of Christ
  • Progressive National Baptist Convention
  • Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society

Public Health Organizations

  • American Association of People with Disabilities
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association for Addiction Professionals
  • Join Together
  • National Association for Public Health Policy
  • National Women’s Health Network

Civil Rights

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
  • Legal Action Center
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Council of Negro Women
  • National Partnership for Women & Families
  • National Organization for Women
  • Open Society Policy Center
  • Rainbow-PUSH Coalition
  • Women’s Law Project

Criminal Justice 

  • American Bar Association
  • Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants
  • Correctional Education Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Black Police Association
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The penalty has also been criticized by the congressionally-created Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, the Government Accountability Office, and countless religious leaders, substance abuse recovery advocates, criminal justice experts, economists, and prominent newspaper editorial boards and opinion writers.