AICUM’s Student Financial Aid Day at the State House – Your Participation Will Make the Difference!

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Join College Students from Across the State on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Noon

Wheelock Social Work Students attending 2013 Student Financial Aid Day at the State House
Wheelock Social Work Students attending 2013 Student Financial Aid Day at the State House
Wheelock's Alexandra Ullrich with Gov. Patrick during the 2013 Student Financial Aid Day
Wheelock’s Alexandra Ullrich with Gov. Patrick during the 2013 Student Financial Aid Day

By Julie Bolduc

Each year, students from colleges and universities across Massachusetts ascend on the State House for Student Financial Aid Day. This annual event provides an opportunity for students to advocate for funding to the need-based financial aid programs critical to helping student get to – and through – college.

In 2013, a group of students from Wheelock’s social work department attended the event and proved to be strong advocates. During meetings with several legislative offices, Wheelock’s students spoke about the relief additional financial aid would provide for them now as they juggle attending school, required internships and simultaneously working to pay for college. They also shared the positive impact financial aid could have on their futures as they follow their passions to make a difference in the lives of others by entering social service oriented professions. These professions are not traditionally highly paid positions, making student loans all the more burdensome after graduation. Students’ personal stories highlighting their need for financial aid offered legislators a compelling picture as to why they should support increased funding for financial aid in the state budget.

Students from MA colleges hear from Gov. Deval Patrick about the importance of financial aid
Students from MA colleges hear from Gov. Deval Patrick about the importance of financial aid

Once again, Wheelock’s students have been invited to join their peers at colleges across MA on Monday, February 24th at noon to advocate for need-based financial aid at the State House.  Student voices were pivotal to securing increased funding in last year’s budget and will prove to be equally as important in protecting that funding this year. Please consider participating in this event that directly impacts you as a student. For further information or to attend, please contact me at jbolduc@wheelock.edu

Due to the efforts of Wheelock’s students and others, the Legislature increased funding to need-based financial aid by $3 million in last year’s state budget. These students proved that advocacy works and without a doubt made a difference at the State House.

About the author:
Julie BolducJulie Bolduc is a graduate student at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She previously served as a Massachusetts state lobbyist at Charles Group Consulting, representing nonprofit organizations, associations and groups whose public policy and budget priorities serve the public good. As the Director of Grassroots Advocacy for Horizons for Homeless Children, Julie developed and launched “the Campaign for Young Homeless Children” in 2011. She began her career as an associate at the Dewey Square Group’s Washington DC and Boston offices, managing grassroots campaigns.

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