Student Aid Alliance Urges Biden Administration to Support Federal Student Aid
October 02, 2023

Members of the Student Aid Alliance (SAA) sent a letter Sept. 29 to the Department of Education and Office of Management and Budget urging them to provide robust support for federal student aid in the FY 2025 budget proposal.

“Now, more than ever, the programs that help low- and middle-income students access and succeed in postsecondary education need additional funding to ensure that students with disrupted educations during the pandemic can pursue their higher education goals,” the letter reads.

The letter, which was signed by 28 organizations, encourages the Biden administration to request doubling the maximum Pell Grant and calling for significant increases to Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) and Federal Work-Study (FWS).

For FY 2024 appropriations, which Congress now has until mid-November to complete after reaching an agreement on a short-term spending bill over the weekend, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved harmful cuts to FWS and SEOG, and the House is proposing eliminating the programs altogether. The SAA features a Contact Congress tool that can be used to let legislators know the importance of providing adequate funding for these programs for this year and beyond.

The SAA letter also requests increases for TRIO, the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, and the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program.

“We strongly believe that this support will enable low- and middle-income students to succeed on their postsecondary education journey,” the letter reads.

The SAA is a coalition of 40 higher education organizations united in support for federal student aid.

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