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Alvernia Students Lobby for Aid in Harrisburg

Apr 12, 2017 • by Alvernia University

(Reading, PA) — Twenty Alvernia University students met with Harrisburg lawmakers April 4, to lobby for legislative support of private institutions in higher education, as part of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universites of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Student Aid Advocacy Day.

The 20 students were accompanied by Dr. Josh Hayes, assistant professor of philosophy, and David Myers, director of Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service.

This year’s advocacy day primarily focused on opposing a 50% proposed cut in institutional assistance grants, maintaining funding of PHEAA grant programs and growing the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program so that more middle-income students can benefit from the financial help it provides.

In addition to meeting with hometown representatives, Alvernia students met with Tom Caltagirone, Judy Schwank’s chief of staff, and Will Donowski – Governor Wolf’s Legislative Secretary.

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