It can’t be overstated: Whether it was parents of college students writing e-mails or students stopping by legislative offices, advocates for student aid were heard loud and clear this session. The final outcome wasn’t what we wanted. But that wasn’t because of a lack of contact from you and other advocates with your legislators. Policymakers were hearing about this issue from people they listen to — voters in their districts. While strong grassroots support doesn’t always win the day, it will be a critical prerequisite when we return next year to continue pushing for improving these grants for low- and middle-income college students.
What you can do now
If you want to improve our chance for success in 2015, consider asking someone you know to sign up for Advocates for Minnesota Student Aid. More people contacting their legislators on this issue is key to helping us reach a better outcome next session.