Dear Commons Community,
The CUNY Newswire sent out this important message regarding the federal Pell Grant Program. This program has been enormously important to CUNY students for decades.
SAVE PELL DAY: JULY 25
As budget negotiations continue in Washington, D.C., a critical federal financial aid program is facing serious threats to its funding. A recent House of Representatives resolution proposed reductions to the Pell Grant program, which provides need-based grants to low-income students. The resolution would reduce eligibility and cut the maximum award of $5,550 by as much as $2,510-reducing it to $3,040.
These proposed reductions would be particularly harmful to the neediest students and their families-including thousands of CUNY students who rely on Pell Grants to pursue their education. At a time when our country needs more college graduates, we must ensure that a college education remains accessible to students of all backgrounds.
Please join us in participating in SAVE PELL DAY on Monday, July 25, 2011. On that day, hundreds of thousands of messages in support of Pell Grant funding will be sent to federal representatives.
Please click on one of the letters below to send to your representative, or visit www.supportcuny.org to find out more about SAVE PELL DAY!
Thank you for your participation and continued support.
STUDENT LETTER ON PRESERVING MAXIMUM PELL AWARDS
VARIATION LETTER ON PRESERVING CURRENT MAXIMUM PELL AWARDS