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Students lobby for education access in D.C.
Author: Tony Rasmussen Email: aspsu@pdx.edu Phone: 503.725.8390
Posted: March 27, 2005

PSU student leaders fought for increased grant funding and more access to education in Washington D.C. this March. The trip to the nation's capital was part of the 36th Annual National Grassroots Legislative Conference, an event coordinated by the United States Student Association. ASPSU members have attended the lobbying confernece annually for several years.

The federal budget was high on the students' priority list. "The President's federal budget for next year slashes dozens of financial aid programs and other services in higher education," said ASPSU Federal Affairs Director Amanda Barron, "Legislators must know that Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, and the TRIO program are important to PSU students."

The student lobbyists focused on strengthening the Higher Education Act. The HEA provides guidelines for many of today's financial aid programs. "We are demanding that the HEA makes Pell Grants more accessible and loan debt more managable," said ASPSU Equal Rights Advocate Leticia Chavez.

The students networked with dozens of student leaders from across the nation. In addition to lobbying, they confirmed twelve new schools to sign anti-HigherOne contracts with their administration.