Thursday, March 11, 2010

Help Save Obama's Student Loan Overhaul Plans :: Today's THE DAY to call the US Senate

I became extremely frustrated when I read this article, "Obama's Student Loan Overhaul Endangered" in the New York Times this morning, indicating that the US Senate may not include federal student aid funding reform in the budget reconciliation bill that the US Senate is considering today.

If you are going to take action on this issue, then today is the day! The US Student Association has made it super easy for you.

Step 1: Call 1-888-254-5087

Step 2: Give the switchboard operator who answers the phone your senator's name, and ask to be transferred to the senator's office. (Repeat the process for your other senator.)

Step 3: When your senator's aide answers the phone, use this script:

"Hi, my name is____. I a am calling today to urge Senator_______ to support students by putting Student Aid Reform in the Budget Reconciliation process. If student aid reform is not included, the maximum Pell Grant will be cut by thousands of dollars. 500,000 students will lose their Pell grants and 8,000,000 students will see their awards cut by 60%. This is UNACCEPTABLE.

Will Senator______ support students by including student aid reform in the budget reconciliation process?

Thank you for supporting students, have a good day.

Once you've taken action, please alert your friends about this via Facebook and Twitter. Here's a suggested Tweet:

"URGENT: Call 1-888-254-5087 to ask your Senators to support #SAFRA in the reconciliation bill. They ARE deciding today!! CALL NOW!"

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