More than 70,000 college and university presidents, students, administrators and others from institutions nationwide have signed a public statement of support for federal student aid hosted by the Student Aid Alliance (SAA) since it was launched on Oct. 24.
The SAA, a coalition of higher education organizations that includes ACE, advocates for continued federal support of Pell Grants and other federal student aid programs, including Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, Perkins Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnerships, TRIO programs, GEAR UP and federal student loans.
Proposals that would make important changes to these programs have surfaced in both House and Senate appropriations plans for FY 2012, especially in the House proposal, which would significantly reduce Pell eligibility and award levels. Appropriators are currently in negotiations to resolve differences between their bills and prepare a final FY 2012 bill.
Meanwhile, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (or Super Committee) is nearing its Nov. 23 deadline to identify $1.5 trillion in cuts to the federal budget over the next decade. The SAA plans to deliver the statement to the Super Committee and other members of Congress in the coming weeks. Those who have signed will be receiving information soon on how to become more involved.
To sign the statement, click here.