Education Government Relations Office
News & Events
Take Action Now: Tell Congress to Reject the Trump Administration’s Budget
The Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget slashes funding for science, education and public health programs.
APA Supports Introduction of the POST GRAD Act
APA sent a letter to Representative Judy Chu to offer support for HR 2526, the "Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt Act" (POST GRAD Act).
APA Joins ACE in Letter to Secretary DeVos about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
The letter expresses concern with recent reports that some borrowers’ employment was no longer eligible for forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
Outreach to New Administration: Department of Education
Following the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education, APA sent a letter to her outlining APA’s education priorities.
FY 2017 Appropriations Update: Congress Maintains Level Funding Through April
Congress passed a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown and continue level funding for federal programs and services through April 28.
Subcommittee Letter on Graduate Aid
In an effort to highlight/reinforce the importance of federal support for graduate study, the APA Education Government Relations Office wrote a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education.
Key Policy Areas
Community Health Centers
APA advocacy efforts related to access to primary health care services — and integrated mental and behavioral health care — for individuals in medically underserved urban and rural areas.
Early Childhood, K-12 and Higher Education
APA advocacy efforts related to psychology’s role in education programs to improve teaching and learning — from testing and curriculum development, to violence prevention in schools and colleges.
Graduate Psychology Education
APA advocacy efforts related to GPE, the only federal program dedicated to the education and training of psychologists. Grants for APA-accredited programs bring mental health care to underserved populations.
Federal Program Spending
APA advocacy efforts related to funding for federal programs critical to the deployment of psychological practice and research in the service of promoting health and human welfare.
National Health Service Corps
APA advocacy efforts related to NHSC, a federal program that recruits health care professionals to serve in high-needs, community-based systems of care in return for scholarship or loan repayment assistance.
APA advocacy efforts related to workforce issues concerning psychologists — shortage of qualified mental health professionals, availability and funding of federal programs.