Sending Office: Honorable Joseph D. Morelle
Sent By:
Joanne.Stiles@mail.house.gov

CAMPUS ACT of 2019
 

Supported By: Third Way, CICU, CUNY, SUNY

Current Cosponsors: Hill (Katie), Sánchez, King, Maloney (Sean Patrick), Brindisi, Nadler, and Suozzi

Dear Colleague,

Please join us as an original cosponsor of the Cost Assistance Made Possible for Undergraduate Students (CAMPUS) Act to help students dealing with emergencies—like a flat tire, losing a job unexpectedly, a sudden health issue—access emergency
aid so they persist and complete their degrees.

Every American, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, disability, or family circumstance should have the opportunity to attend a higher education institution and achieve a meaningful degree. Great strides have been made to increase college enrollment
for low-and middle-income individuals, however, the opportunity to pursue a degree does not guarantee college completion. Unfortunately, students whose families are in the bottom half of the income distribution earn credentials at a lower rate than their peers
in the upper half of the income distribution.  Unanticipated emergencies, like a flat tire, losing a job unexpectedly, or a sudden health issue should not be the reason why a student does not complete their degree or credential. And yet, for too many low-income
students, these non-tuition costs can be the financial tipping point that causes them to drop out.

The CAMPUS Act establishes an emergency grant program for institutions of higher education to quickly provide small grants to help students cover unexpected expenses thereby working to ensure students persist and complete their degrees.
Specifically, the CAMPUS Act would authorize a new competitive grant demonstration program to help institutions participating in the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) provide students with emergency funds when a financial emergency
directly impacts their ability to stay in school.

Under the CAMPUS Act, the Secretary of Education will make grants to eligible entities to carry out demonstration programs to provide emergency financial aid grants to students. When selecting campuses to carry out a demonstration program,
the Secretary shall give priority to eligible entities where at least 30 percent of the students enrolled are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Institutions applying to participate must provide the Secretary with details about the number of grants
they intend to award and how the institutions will determine student eligibility to receive a grant.

Emergency grants awarded to students must be for financial challenges that directly affect a student’s ability to continue their course of study, for instance loss of employment, transportation, childcare, housing, food insecurity, medical conditions and
in the case of a dependent student, death of a parent or guardian or medical condition of the parent or guardian. Further, individual grants cannot be greater than $750, and an eligible student cannot receive more than $2,000 in total from an institution.

If you are interested in cosponsoring the CAMPUS Act or have questions, please contact Jo Stiles at Joanne.stiles@mail.house.gov in Congressman Morelle’s office or Rebecca Kahn at
Rebecca.kahn@mail.house.gov in Congresswoman Hill’s office.

Sincerely,

JOSEPH MORELLE
Member of Congress

KATIE HILL
Member of Congress

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