WASHINGTON, March 2, 2022 – The American Association
of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) stands in full support of President
Biden’s call on Congress to make access to higher education more affordable for
students and their families. AASCU members, known as public regional
comprehensive colleges and universities, are the backbone of bachelor’s degree
attainment among the nation’s largest percentage of students who are
low-income, first-generation, and/or of color in the United States.
We enthusiastically support President Biden’s request for
Congress to strengthen and increase funding by more than $2,000 toward the
maximum Pell Grant. This would represent a significant down payment on the
greater goal of doubling the Pell Grant to $13,000. We also encourage Congress
to extend all federal student aid to all eligible undocumented students
enrolled in public higher education.
AASCU members include more than 150 historically Black
colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), and other
Minority-serving institutions (MSIs). We join President Biden and urge Congress
to significantly increase appropriations for existing HBCUs, tribal colleges
and universities (TCUs), HSIs, and other MSI institutional grant programs.
Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based
higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and
systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a
historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to
research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and
cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise.