As part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations at the end of 2012, President Obama and Congress agreed to delay the implementation of $1.2 trillion of automatic cuts over 10 years. If Congress faisl to reach an agreement, these cuts, known as sequestration, will be implemented on March 1, 2013 and would impact student financial aid programs. It is estimated that sequestration would result in a 5.1% decrease to Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work Study, TRIO, and other student aid and loan benefits in the current fiscal year (FY13); Pell Grants are exempted from these cuts until Fiscal Year 14.
In 2011 and 2012, Marquette University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends were one of the most active groups in signing on to the petition promoted by the Student Aid Alliance to save federal student financial aid. According to the Student Aid Alliance, if the mandated cuts are implemented by Congress, students could lose up to $876 a year in federal aid.
If you are interested in expressing your support for protecting federal student aid from potential cuts, please sign onto the petition.
On the state level, Governor Walker and the Legislature provided level funding for the Wisconsin Tuition Grant and other student financial aid programs last session. The Governor’s proposed budget for 2013-2015 also provides level funding for such programs. Your state legislators still need to hear from you regarding the importance of this funding. Please sign onto the “power of Financial Aid” petition.
Marquette University’s Office of Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid, continues to monitor the decisions made by Congress and to advocate on your behalf. More information.
Marquette and Federal and State Student Financial Aid. Marquette University’s Office of Public Affairs, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Aid, continues to monitor the decisions made by Congress and the Wisconsin Legislature to advocate on your behalf. Thousands of Marquette students benefit from the various financial aid programs. Again, we continue to work hard on your behalf to help the Members of Congress and others understand the importance of federal and state student financial aid, but it is important that your voice be heard as well.
You can help keep the aid that enables undergraduates to attend Marquette.
As a member of the Marquette community, you know that an integral part of the university’s mission is to educate men and women who are prepared to be informed leaders in their civic community. We encourage everyone to participate in the process of governance by learning about how these funds impact you and sharing your thoughts with your elected representatives.
The Office of Public Affairs will send you information on how to reach out to your elected officials as you see fit by signing up here (insert link). There are multiple ways you can share your message to both federal and state representatives:
E-mail: Sending a quick e-mail to the Web sites of elected representatives in a respectful way can help educate elected officials weighing cuts understand why you feel these programs are important.
Video: Tell your story in a creative way, post it to YouTube, and share.
Phone: Call your representatives’ offices. A brief call telling your story in a respectful tone can make a huge difference. And make sure to indicate you want student financial aid to continue.
The old-fashioned way: Spend a few minutes writing a letter that speaks to how financial aid plays a role in your life and make sure it gets to your representatives. It’s sure to get read.
To get started, please fill out this form, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
In the state of Wisconsin, sign the Protect Financial Aid Petition being sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and follow developments on Facebook and Twitter.