The Student Aid Alliance supports a package of proven student aid programs to help students achieve their higher education goals without excessive debt. These programs include Pell Grants, the campus-based programs (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants [SEOG], Federal Work-Study, and Perkins Loans), Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnerships (LEAP), Federal Student Loans, Federal TRIO programs, GEAR UP, and graduate programs.
The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is mandated to reach an agreement by November 23, 2011, on cutting the deficit by $1.2 trillion. Of particular concern, is the fact that student aid has already lost over $30 billion paying down the deficit in prior Reconciliation bills and the Budget Control Act.
The Student Aid Alliance, and numerous other higher education associations, has developed a Petition in support of Federal Student Aid which will be sent to Capitol Hill. The petition is basic and can be found at http://action.studentaidalliance.org/5371/save-student-aid-statement.