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NEA Pre-Summit Higher Education Conference

Join us for the 2019 NEA Pre-Summit Higher Education Conference, Thursday-Friday, March 14-15, at the Hyatt Regency Denver in Colorado.  In addition, higher education members are encouraged
to participate in the NEA Leadership Summit being held at the same location from Friday evening to Sunday, March 15-17

This year’s conference theme is Uniting Our Members and the Nation: All In for Higher Ed! Highlights include, sessions on advocating for racial and social justice in education, with a special focus on minority serving institutions; organizing contingent faculty, education support professionals, and graduate assistants; and organizing in the current political environment.

To register, CLICK HERE Registration fee is $50 for the 2019 Higher Education Conference only and $275 for the 2019 Higher Education Conference and Leadership Summit. 

The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Denver in Colorado, 650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202. You can reserve your room HERE by February 20th.

Refer to the NEA Higher Education website for registration updates, including the conference workshop sessions.

For questions, please contact Karla Medina at


Save the Date!

JOIN US at the Hyatt Regency Denver in 2019!  NEA Pre-Summit Higher Ed Conference (March 14-15) and National Leadership Summit (March 15-17) registration will go live here on January 7th.


NEA will fund one presenter per session and may consider funding a co-presenter in compelling circumstances. Presenters selected will receive one night’s lodging and transportation to the conference. All other travel expenses will be paid per the guidelines of the approved NEA travel policy.

Presenters will be notified by December 7th


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The PROSPER Act, introduced to Congress in late November, aims to replace the federal Higher Education Act (HEA). NEA opposes much of what's in the act, including the elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, limits on federal borrowing for families, and the revocation of regulations for for-profit colleges. Learn more.


On the Hill: Take Action

The Trump/DeVos budget proposal would eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), a 10-year-old program that promises to erase the remaining student debt of educators, firefighters, and other public-service workers who have faithfully paid on their loans for 10 years. (Read more about the program and the threat against it, here.) NEA members strongly believe PSLF must be protected. To that end, NEA has:

  1. We told Congress to keep it safe! PDF, (192 KB, 2 pgs.)
  2. We helped set up a PSFL Caucus on Congress that will work to protect the program.
  3. We continue to urge our members to tell their Senators and Representatives to reject the Trump/DeVos plan to eliminate PSLF.

The Trump/DeVos budget proposal also would cut billions of dollars from higher education and college affordability programs, putting higher education even further out of reach for too many Americans. Take a stand against it.

The College For All Act, introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), would make community college free and eliminate tuition at public four-year colleges and universities for most American families. Ask Congress to support it!

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College Affordability

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