From: Ellynne Bannon, State PIRGs Higher Education Advocate
Date: March 20, 2002
your Senators and Representatives today and urge them support
including $100 million for the Leveraging Educational Assistance
Partnership Program (LEAP) in the FY 2003 Labor-HHS and Education
Senators and Representatives today and urge them to increase
funding for the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership
Program (LEAP). The LEAP program encourages states to continue
to expand their own grant programs. States use LEAP funds
to support increased grant aid, early intervention, community
service, and scholarship programs in specialized academic
areas. Currently the LEAP program serves 667,000 students
throughout the country.
FY 2003 budget proposes to eliminate LEAP. As college costs
rise and the typical student graduates with $16,928 in federal
loan debt it is more important than ever to fully fund programs
such as LEAP that help to ensure access to higher education
for thousands of Americans.
Call your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support
including $100 million in funding for the LEAP program in
this year's Education budget.
Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
House Switchboard: (202) 225-3121
can call your Senators and Members of Congress by using the
student aid hotline: 1 (800) 574-4AID.
For more information on LEAP and other student aid programs