576 organizations representing students, educators, advocates, consumers, institutions, and employers submit letter to Congress urging protection of student aid
Scholarship America, the nation’s largest private education support organization, has joined 575 other signatories in urging Congress to “protect the federal student loan program and strengthen Pell Grants, which are the nation’s most important investment in higher education.”
The letter to Congress, which can be read in full here, addresses “recent troubling proposals to significantly cut or eliminate funding for Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), TRIO, GEAR UP and other programs …”
It goes on to make the case for continued federal support:
The federal government has long played a key role in ensuring that our nation has a highly-skilled workforce and individuals are able to pursue their higher education goals. That commitment has helped previous generations afford college and attain their educational and career goals. Continuing this commitment is even more imperative now that education beyond the high school level is critical to success in the workforce. Nearly all new jobs created in our economy require some postsecondary education, and these jobs represent the kinds of high-wage, high quality employment that builds prosperity and reduces demand on government services.
At a time when many in our nation are deeply worried about jobs and wages, education and career training provide the surest pathway to secure, high-income employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in January 2017 the unemployment rate for workers with only a high school diploma was 5.9 percent, compared to 3.7 percent for those with an associate and just 2.5 percent for those with a bachelor’s or graduate/professional degree.
We are proud to join the nationwide coalition of schools, non-profit organizations and employers supporting this vital source of college funding. Visit studentaidalliance.org to learn more.