March 4, 2011

Students Trek to Statehouse in Support of Grants

Fort Wayne, Ind.—A group of 14 Indiana Tech students, accompanied by university staff members, will travel to the Indiana Statehouse on March 8 to speak to state legislators regarding the importance of need-based financial aid.

The trip is one of several Student Lobby Days organized by colleges and universities around the state in collaboration with Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), a nonprofit organization that represents the state’s 31 nonprofit accredited colleges and universities.

The Indiana Tech students will share their personal stories of how state grants have enabled them to pursue their degrees, express their gratitude for the assistance, and urge legislators to continue supporting need-based aid from the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI).

Although the state legislature increased the overall appropriation for SSACI during the last budget cycle, individual grants were cut by 31 percent in 2009 and an additional 7 percent in 2010 because of an increase in the number of students applying and qualifying for aid.

“Our goal is not only to raise awareness to the legislature of the importance of state financial aid—to put students’ names and faces on the state funds they appropriate—but also to introduce our students to how the legislative process works, how it affects their lives and futures, and how they can play a role in shaping its direction,” said ICI President Richard Ludwick.

Students, parents, and alumni also are encouraged to contact state legislators.

 

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