Student Aid Alliance campaigns for financial aid
For Immediate Release
September 1, 1999
The Student Aid Alliance is asking for help to increase
government spending for student financial aid programs.
The SAA, composed of 60 organizations representing
students, parents, public and private colleges and concerned
citizens, promotes increased federal funding for proven
student aid programs.
Due to budget cuts and caps in 1997, Congress has very
limited resources to appropriate for education programs.
Because of this, drastic cuts in student aid programs are
However, the SAA is calling for a $1.5 billion increase
in student aid funding, rather than a decrease.
"Funding for Title IV student financial aid programs,
particularly the grant programs, has lagged behind inflation
and student need for two years," said David L. Warren,
president of the National Association of Independent
Colleges and Universities. "Congress and the President have
increased funding for some key programs in the last four
years, but they need to do more."
Most Americans agree that financial aid should be a
higher priority in the budget, according to a study done by
Eighty-seven percent of Americans said it was "very" or
"somewhat" important to increase the current level of
federal funding for financial aid for college students.
The SAA encourages all concerned citizens to call their
Congressman and express the importance of making financial
aid programs a high priority. To talk to your U.S.
representative, call the SAA hotline at 1-800-574-4243 or
visit the website at www.StudentAidAlliance.org.
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