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Rutgers Students Head to Capitol Hill April 21 to Acknowledge Federal Boosts in Pell Grant, Work-Study Funding

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Thursday April 16, 2009

Rutgers Students Head to Capitol Hill April 21 to Acknowledge Federal Boosts in Pell Grant, Work-Study Funding

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WHO: Sixteen Rutgers students, more than half of whom
receive some form of federal financial aid; Rutgers President Richard L.
McCormick; members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation.
WHAT:
Undergraduate Student Advocacy Day, a one-day
trip by Rutgers students to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of students at Rutgers and throughout the nation for robust federal
financial aid programs that help needy students pay for college. Rutgers
President McCormick will join them at several meetings.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 21
WHERE:

Students depart Metropark station, Iselin,
on Amtrak train #185 at 8:43 a.m.;

Briefing lunch at noon, Hall of States Building, 444
North Capitol St., NW, Washington, D.C.; Capitol Hill meetings from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. with members of the New Jersey
congressional delegation.

BACKGROUND:

For the 10th year, a contingent of Rutgers students will
meet with federal lawmakers on Capitol Hill about an issue of great importance
for both themselves and their peers: providing ample federal funding for
need-based aid programs, such as Pell Grants, that help thousands of Rutgers students finance their educations.

This year, students will express appreciation for
$15.6 billion of funding in the federal stimulus package, which raised the
maximum Pell Grant to $5350 in the coming academic year (2009-10) – up $500
from the current $4850. The stimulus package also provides an additional $200
million in funding for the Federal Work Study Program, which helps more than
500 Rutgers students cover college expenses
and provides work opportunities that enrich their academic experiences. In
addition, the students will advocate for an increase in the maximum Pell Grant
to $5550 in federal fiscal year 2010. More than 10,400 Rutgers
students rely on Pell Grants. These provide $31 million annually toward their Rutgers educations.


Media Contact: Carl Blesch
732-932-7084 x616
E-mail: cblesch@ur.rutgers.edu

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