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CALL TO ACTION: Save Student Aid
America’s future depends on ensuring all students have the opportunity to go to college. But the White House proposes to cut student aid programs (including GEAR UP) that keep higher education within reach for millions of students. Take one minute to customize the default letter and share your thoughts on the impact of GEAR UP and other education programs with your senators and representatives.
We want to build champions for GEAR UP at your school, in your community, across the state and nationwide who can help promote and sustain GEAR UP and other college readiness programs.
Oregon GEAR UP is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. A budget put out by the current administration calls for a one-third reduction of funding for GEAR UP. GEAR UP has bipartisan support in Congress, but it’s critical that Oregon's representatives know that GEAR UP works and that the program has a positive effect on your community, your school and your students.
Oregon's Congressional representatives, but also local and state elected officials including the school board, city council and the mayor, local media, current and potential partners in your community, potential funders, your students, parents and your community. Get others on board and then let them do the talking!
GEAR UP grantees are prohibited from using federal funds to engage in lobbying. That means you may not request increases in GEAR UP funding or discuss current funding levels with elected officials. However, you may share the impact of your program and thank them for their support.
Tell a story about the impact of GEAR UP on your school and specific students (remember to use data!) Let others know how GEAR UP is good for students, the economy, and their own interests.
See our Communications Toolkit for more information on methods and how to talk to elected officials.
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