Now that funding for federal student aid programs has been finalized for fiscal year 2018 — affecting award year 2018-19 — there’s one more step to take before shifting gears to look toward fiscal year 2019.
Congress this spring passed a final spending bill that included several unexpected victories for student aid programs. The bill provided an overall increase of $3.9 billion for the Department of Education (ED). It increased the maximum Pell Grant award by $175, provided a $107 million boost for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program, and a $140 million increase for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program.
Before gearing up to advocate for continued increases in fiscal year 2019, join NASFAA in taking a moment to thank Congress for their support, and encourage your representatives to continue to participate in the "Fight for Financial Aid."
NASFAA created printable signs you can download and post on social media to show your appreciation for Congress’s support. You can take a picture of yourself, or get your financial aid office staff and even your students to join in.
If your Representative or Senator voted for the bill, be sure to thank them personally, and reach out on social media. Don't forget to use #Fight4FinAid on Facebook and Twitter!
Publication Date: 4/30/2018