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Student Advisory Council Supported Initiatives

MASSGrant Funding Increase (House FY09 Budget Amendment 493)

Several Student Advisory Council members attended the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts (PHENOM) rally on April 16, 2008, on Boston Common and at the State House, the same day that the House of Representatives was releasing the Fiscal Year 2009 budget. Several thousand postcards were delivered by hundreds of students, faculty, and staff members from across the Commonwealth. While the budget was generally favorable for public higher education, the MASSGrant program, the Commonwealth's largest financial aid program, did not receive any of the substantial increase that was requested by the Department of Higher Education. However, Representative Kevin Murphy, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, is sponsoring, along with 54 other House members, an amendment that would restore the buying power of this program. The Student Advisory Council encourages student leaders, faculty, and college administrators who support the amendment External Link to call their legislators and ask them to pass it.

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Affordable Textbooks Bill (House Bill 1200)

Today's college students are under enormous financial pressure.  The gap between tuition and fees and financial aid leaves many students working long hours through college, struggling to make ends meet, and graduating with unmanageable debts. The high cost of textbooks is yet another financial burden on our struggling students and their families.

The Student Advisory Council supports House Bill 1200 External Link: An Act Relative to the Production and Pricing of College Textbooks, which makes textbook bundling optional for faculty and requires price disclosure. This Bill will give faculty the information and options that they need to make the best decision on behalf of their students.

The Student Advisory Council asks student leaders, faculty, and college administrators who support the Bill to sign its endorsement form (.DOC) and send it to:

Saffron Zomer, State Campus Program Director, MassPIRG
saffron@masspirgstudents.org
44 Winter Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-747-4386
Fax: 617-292-8057

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