America needs more college grads! But, um, you're not making it easy for us, Powers That Be. How are we supposed to get out there and get great jobs (assuming there are any left) if we can't afford the educations we deserve?
Since Obama's gotten hip to social networking (a la his Twitter Town Hall), we're tweeting straight to the top asking everyone to join us in making sure the Pell Grant program stays intact through budget talks. Copy and paste this tweet:
The gripe: College students face daunting loan payments and growing debt in the wake of recent budget cuts that are making higher education more restrictive than ever (though Get Schooled is doing its best to help you make it affordable). It sucks. There's a mounting fear that federal financial aid packages won't pay out enough money to make such a huge investment worth it, especially with employment security questionable in this fragile, shaky economy.
State schools used to be fairly reliable institutions for reasonably affordable higher education; these days, there's no certainty there, either. The Huffington Post points out today that, "According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, 21 states reduced funding for higher education in their budgets for this fiscal year, which for most started this month."
The silver lining: Young people are using the issue to stand up for themselves and their rights. One group of Teen Upward Bound students from Opa-Locka, Florida (gawd, that's fun to say: opalockaopalockaopalocka ... ) held a protest yesterday demanding our country get its priorities straight and address the effects of educational budget cuts. No doubt they're not the first--and surely not the last--to make some noise.
You can do your passive part by calling the number below, or follow in Opa-Locka (opalockaopalockaopalocka) footsteps and get a li'l rowdy. Either way is better than conceding without a fight, right?
Oh and did you tweet the 140-characters we shared above, yet?
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