Sending Office: Honorable Joseph Crowley
Sent By:
Todd.Sloves@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

SUPPORT CAMPUS-BASED AID PROGRAMS

This contains TWO (2) programmatic requests.

DEADLINE: COB THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Current signatories: Crowley, Katko, Slaughter, Tenney, Beatty, Bonamici, Brownley, Capuano, Cohen, DeGette, Delaney, DelBene, DeSaulnier, Foster, Jackson Lee, Jayapal, Kuster, Lujan Grisham, Panetta, Payne, Rice (NY), Sablan, Scott (VA),
Swalwell, Takano, Tonko, Vela, Walz

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us in expressing support for funding campus-based aid programs for qualified, low-income students.

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), and Perkins Loans programs work together with Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans to provide low-income students a manageable balance of grants, loans and work to help pay for
college. The campus-based aid programs are the original federal partnerships in higher education. They were created as an incentive for institutions to partner with the federal government to support qualified low-income students going college. Current federal
investment generates more than $3 billion in grant, work and loan opportunities to ensure students can go to the college that is the best fit for them.

The Budget Control Act’s sequester and subsequent reductions have had a severely negative impact on SEOG and FWS and the programs have yet to be made whole again. Furthermore, the president’s budget outline calls for eliminating SEOG and severely reducing FWS,
which would be devastating for those trying the hardest to make it into the middle class. Our letter contains two program requests asking that SEOG and FWS be restored to their pre-sequester high-water marks of $779 million and $1.01 billion, respectively.
While the Perkins program is not discretionary, the letter includes language expressing support as part of the trio of campus-based aid programs. These programs have a targeted impact in various states and congressional districts around the country. To see
the impact of the campus-based aid at colleges in your district, we recommend the information provided by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities at

http://www.naicu.edu/special_initiatives/page/federal-student-aid-awarded-by-state-and-congressional-district
.

To sign on, please contact Todd Sloves in Rep. Crowley’s office at
todd.sloves@mail.house.gov
or 5-3965 or Jennifer Wood in Rep. Katko’s office at
Jennifer.Wood@mail.house.gov or 5-3701 by
Thursday, March 15. Thank you for your continued bipartisan support of federal student aid programs.

Sincerely,

JOSEPH CROWLEY                                                       JOHN KATKO      

Member of Congress                                                        Member of Congress

 

LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER                              CLAUDIA TENNEY                                          

Member of Congress                                                        Member of Congress

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March 19, 2018

The Honorable Tom Cole                                          The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Chairman                                                                    Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human             Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human

   Services, Education, and Related Agencies                Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations                                                Committee on Appropriations

United States House of Representatives                     United States House of Representatives

2358-B Rayburn House Office Building                    2358-B Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

As you work to develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, we request your continued support for the Campus-Based Student Financial Aid Programs in Title IV of the
Higher Education Act. The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), and Perkins Loans programs work together with Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans to provide low-income students a manageable balance of grants,
loans and work to help pay for college.

We appreciate that during recent tight budget scenarios, the Appropriations Committee has continued to fund SEOG and FWS despite calls for cuts. Now, with increased funding allocations for FY2019, we request that the SEOG program be funded at $779 million,
an increase of $46 million, and that the FWS program be funded at $1.01 billion, an increase of $21 million. Both of these request levels represent the pre-sequester high water mark for funding. We further ask that the Perkins Loan program be reauthorized
and maintain its funding so that its structure can be fully considered during the reauthorization of the
Higher Education Act (HEA).

Campus-based aid programs are the original federal partnerships in higher education. They were created as an incentive for institutions to partner with the federal government to support qualified low-income students attending college. Current federal investment
generates more than $3 billion in grant, work and loan opportunities to ensure students can go to the college that is the best fit for them. Furthermore, the program requires that schools provide a 25 percent minimum match, ensuring they have a financial incentive
to promote student success. Many institutions go above and beyond the requirement, especially in grant aid. We must continue to support our institutions and the students they serve.

SEOG provides up to $4,000 in grant aid for the poorest Pell Grant students. Providing low-income students with grant aid, rather than only loans, helps keep them in school and persist to completion. With similar long-term benefits, FWS provides a wide variety
of job opportunities on campus for students to work to cover part of their tuition. Having a job on campus is a proven method of keeping low-income students engaged as part of the campus community and completing their degree on time, a fundamental goal of
federal student aid. Furthermore, the experience and values gained from work – something that has long been a point of bipartisan agreement – can only help to ensure that students increase their future earning power, generating a significant return on the
investment these programs have made.

With higher spending allocations for FY 2019, the campus-based aid programs can be reinvigorated to become the strong institutional partnership programs to the Pell Grant program they are intended to be. The aid these programs provide to low-income students
and families is indispensable in allowing them to attend college without having to borrow or work more to pay for college, which results in increased rates of degree completion.

Thank you for your continued bipartisan support of federal student aid programs.

Sincerely,

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