Please Sign Statement in Support of Student Aid
On Friday, Nov. 11, University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., shared a letter with the University community, detailing the possible budgetary cuts to the student aid programs that benefit so many of our University students. Father Quinn urges everyone in our community to sign the "Save Student Aid: Statement of Support," voicing our concerns to keep college costs within reach for our nation’s students and families. Please take a moment to read Father Quinn's letter, which is located below.
Dear Members of the University Community,
All of you know the value of a college education, and particularly of a Scranton education. I write to you today to enlist your help in preserving and protecting vital student aid programs that make college accessible for students here at The University of Scranton and throughout our nation.
Over the last five years, federal leaders have made unprecedented changes to the Pell Grant and Federal Student Loan programs that have resulted in real gains for University of Scranton students. At The University of Scranton, 915 students currently receive $3.3 million in critical Federal Pell Grant support.
Due to the continuing downturn in the national economy, however, student aid programs are now under intense scrutiny by Congress. In recent budget deals, student aid programs were already cut by $30 billion. You may have heard or read about a Congressional bipartisan "Super Committee" that must produce a deficit reduction plan by November 18. It is important to act now to help prevent cuts in student aid from being included in that plan.
Please join me in signing a Save Student Aid: Statement of Support created by the Student Aid Alliance. So far over 80,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni have signed on, many from our sister Jesuit colleges and universities. I hope you will add your name to the statement. The website also includes a way for you to share your personal story with your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative.
I appreciate your attention to this important issue, as we continue to work to provide an affordable Jesuit education for our students and families.
Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.