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Student Aid Funding

Sustaining the nation’s economic competitiveness requires that an increasing share of the workforce hold undergraduate or advanced college degrees. Moreover, federal student aid is an important element in the nation’s economic growth: enabling low- and middle-income students to attend college and current workers to retrain for new careers.

AAU strongly supports a broad array of student aid programs funded by the Department of Education. This section includes funding materials related to student aid issues.



AAU President Mary Sue Coleman applauds congressional leadership "for coming together and forging a sensible compromise on FY17 funding."
Associations call on Congress to finalize FY17 appropriations, and not cut critical student aid and research programs.
A broad coalition of organizations sent a letter to all Members of Congress urging strong support for federal student aid programs.
On behalf of the organizations listed below, we write to express our strong support for the restoration of year-round Pell Grants in the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.
Op-Ed by AAU President Mary Sue Coleman, adapted from a Sept. 27, 2016 speech at the World Academic Summit.
AAU urges Congress to maintain the discretionary spending base of $4,860 for the Pell Grant to support a maximum award of $5,935.