New Bill Makes Historic Investment in Student Aid

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Christine Lindstrom, Higher Education Program Director
U.S. PIRG Office: 202-546-9707
Mobile: 617-308-1063
chris.lindstrom@pirg.org

New Bill Makes Historic Investment in Student Aid

US Public Interest Research Group Commends Chairman Miller

WASHINGTON - Christine
Lindstrom, U.S. Public Interest Research Group Higher Education Program
Director
, released the following statement on the higher education bill
introduced on Wednesday by George Miller (D-CA), chair of the U.S. House
Education and Labor committee:

"U.S. PIRG commends Chairman Miller (D-CA)
for introducing a game-changing proposal that enlarges the impact of student
aid programs for the tens of millions of students and families who rely on
grants, loans, and access to community college to attain a college education. 

"In keeping with the higher education budget
proposal that President Barack Obama released in February, the policy makes the
single biggest investment in student aid in history.  It reforms the Federal Pell Grant program
to increase each year along with the cost of living, cuts the interest rate on
subsidized Stafford loans, infuses our nation's community college system
with more funding and support, and makes the student aid programs more
efficient for students and taxpayers.  

‘We urge the House Education and Labor
committee and Congress to pass this historic legislation."

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U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.

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