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Raising Pell Week of Action


Getting a college degree is more important than ever, but students have to assume too much debt to pay for it.  Increasing federal Pell grant aid will help students rely less on federal loans to pay for college.

Both President Obama and the House proposed a massive $40 billion dollar increase in student Pell grants.  Now it is up to the Senate to invest in students.  

Big lenders have spent millions fighting this proposal, which cuts wasteful lender subsidies from the federal government, and uses the $87 billion in savings to make college more affordable.  To ensure that the Senate prioritizes students over banks, we need to Raise Some Pell!  

During the week of October 5 – 9, USSA, USPIRG and Campus Progress are asking young people to call, fax, and tweet their senators to demonstrate massive grassroots support for more Pell grant aid.

Sometimes it seems that Congress is 20 years behind our generation. That is why you will be able to send an old school fax to both Senators the same way that you would ordinarily send an email. You won’t notice a difference, but we hope Congress does.

Fill out the form below, and we will fax your message to your Senators, and email it to your Representative

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Hint: Your message is more likely to be read if you include a personal message, especially about your experience paying for college.


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