Efforts are underway to have the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amend new legislation passed in June 2021 – the THRIVE Act – whose wording, in one section, appears to present a barrier for American higher education institutions in using education agents for international student recruitment.

The potential implications of the THRIVE Act naturally provoked alarm in higher education circles across the country, not to mention among agents. Nearly half of 294 US institutions surveyed recently by the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) work with agents to recruit international undergraduate students.

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