Dear Members of the Goucher Community,              

As you may know, Goucher College is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU).  Recently, NAICU made a plea to its members to help save federal student aid by partnering with the Student Aid Alliance (www.studentaidalliance.org) and starting a national advocacy effort.  Federal student aid, including the Pell Grant Program and other critical federal student aid programs, are vulnerable as the congressional "Super Committee" (Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction) is tasked with developing a federal debt reduction plan by November 23.

As the Student Aid Alliance points out, student aid programs have been cut by $30 billion in the past year, and even low-income students are seeing a steep drop in the terms and conditions of their loans.  Unfortunately, summer Pell Grants already have been eliminated, as well as the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program, which provides incentives to states to maintain funding for need-based student grants.  Congress is also considering other cuts to Pell, which would reverse strides made in the past to hold the Pell Grant maximum at $5,550, rather than reducing it.

To build support for this effort, NAICU has joined with the Student Aid Alliance in launching a campaign to ensure that federal student aid programs remain strong for current students and future generations of students.  Therefore, I am asking members of the Goucher community - faculty, staff, students, alumnae/i, and other friends of the college - to show their solidarity on this critical issue by signing the following statement of support: http://action.studentaidalliance.org/5371/save-student-aid-statement-support/?src=president.

Please join me in this important initiative to protect federal student aid as Congress considers additional cuts to these valuable programs.  

Thank you,
Sandy Ungar
President