FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 5, 2017
Contact: Sarah Schultz, Sarah.Schultz@YoungInvincibles.org, 202-734-6510
YI Hails Efforts to Protect Federal Student Aid
[Washington]- Today, over 570 higher education stakeholders sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to protect the federal student loan program and strengthen Pell Grants, the nation’s most important investment in higher education.
The letter has support from a broad swath of organizations including higher education institutional associations, state university systems, colleges, civil rights organizations, youth advocacy groups, and student advocacy groups, all deeply concerned about recent proposals to dramatically cut or eliminate federal student aid programs. These cuts would hurt America’s workforce and limit access to higher education for millions of people.
Reid Setzer, Young Invincibles’ Deputy Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, released the following statement:
“The letter is a show of force from the higher education community because these aid programs are so essential to millions of students across the country and must be protected. Cutting funding for these programs means narrowing access to higher education and removing vital supports that help students complete their degrees. They are absolutely necessary to give young people the ability to get the skills needed to contribute to today’s economy. We and our partners are prepared to fight for them in the face of potentially devastating cuts.”