State PIRGs' Higher Education Project
218 D Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-9707

Director:
Ivan Frishberg

Advocate:
Ellynne Bannon

 

To: Student Activists
From: Ellynne Bannon, State PIRGs Higher Education Advocate
Date: March 20, 2002

***Call 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 Appropriations Bill***

Call your 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.

The President's 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.

Action: 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.

Senate Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
House Switchboard: (202) 225-3121

Or you 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 visit: http://www.pirg.org/highered or http://www.studentaidalliance.org.