UNCF Sends Letter to House Education Subcommittee on Importance of Federal Student Aid
UNCF recently submitted a letter outlining the organization's views on the importance of federal student aid programs to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Subcommittee held a hearing, chaired by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Ranking Member Susan Davis (D-CA), focusing on ways to streamline and simplify federal student aid to make it better and easier for students to access.
In the UNCF letter to Representatives Guthrie and Davis, Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, stated that federal student aid is increasingly important to the ability of HBCUs to train the skilled workforce that the nation needs. Yet, we are not making enough progress on African American college attainment, and that lack of progress is related to the availability of financial assistance for college. Research and UNCF’s own experience suggest that money matters for college access and success.
UNCF recommended that the federal student aid process must be strengthened, streamlined, and simplified to maximize its effectiveness. However, streamlining and simplifying federal student aid should not mean cutting back on vital federal assistance for the most vulnerable students who need the most help. UNCF also called for a robust investment in Pell Grants, which go to 70 percent of HBCU students, including the restoration of Pell Grants for summer study.
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