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Bethlehem, Pa., April 19, 2010—A delegation from Moravian College will travel to Harrisburg, Pa. on Tuesday, April 20 to participate in AICUP’s Student Lobby Day. Students Carl Feldman ’13 and Corey Koenig ’11 will join with Katie Dantsin, director of Leadership Development at Moravian to visit state senators Lisa Boscola (18th District) and Pat Browne (16th District), and state representative Joseph Brennan ’86.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of PA (AICUP) has organized its annual Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg, Pa. where students will have an opportunity to voice their concerns in the halls of our State Capitol. AICUP organizes the day to provide an opportunity for students and faculty to go to Capitol Hill to lobby for issues that have an impact on thousands of students in private higher education.
The day begins in the Commonwealth Keystone Building followed by meetings with legislative officials and staff members. Specific topics of interest for this Student Lobby Day involve last year’s cut to Pennsylvania institutions of private higher education of 28% ($12 million) from their Institutional Assistance Grants (IAGs). Institutional Assistance Grants is money given by the government to independent colleges and universities who enroll Pell eligible students.
"Pennsylvania private colleges and universities enroll the same number of low-income students as public institutions, yet the only assistance received from the government are IAG's,” noted Corey Koenig, president of United Student Government (USG) at Moravian. “One aim of the day is to reinstate the level of funding prior to last year’s cut and to urge legislators to support additional funding for PHEAA grants."