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Student Advocacy Day

January 12, 2016

Dear Colleague:
I am writing to ask for your support and assistance with the upcoming annual APACS Advocacy Day to be held on Tuesday February 2nd at 10:00 AM in the Legislative Office Building Well in Albany. Specifically, we need STEP and CSTEP students, parents and supporters who can travel to Albany and meet with legislators and discuss why STEP and CSTEP are so important in their journey to success. Legislators need to hear directly from our students and parents how STEP and CSTEP has impacted them and helped them in achieving their academic and career goals. This year, we are again requesting that CSTEP and STEP funding be increased by 30% to $29 million for the 2017 fiscal year. In addition, we are also requesting $4million to provide funding for the 12 CSTEP and STEP programs that were not funded but submitted successful proposals.

We also need students, parents and supporters to write email letters to legislative leaders, asking for their support in increasing funding for STEP and CSTEP programs in the next fiscal year. We will have a letter-writing wave take place in the next few weeks following our February 2nd Advocacy Day. A second letter-writing wave will take place in late March to make sure legislators understand the importance of increased funding for our programs.

The Governor’s proposed budget will be released next week, and I expect he will propose a nominal increase for STEP and CSTEP. It is up to us to advocate for the funding we know we need to conduct high quality programs for more students.

STEP and CSTEP programs deserve continued and additional funding. We ask that you support our request for increased funding of STEP and CSTEP to $29 million. Please participate in the Advocacy Day on February 2nd and the email letter-writing campaign. We will follow up with more details in the next few days. Thank you.


Michael A. Molina
President

 

Albany, NY - Students from more than 70 colleges and universities attended Student Advocacy Day to support student and institutional aid programs that ensure access to higher education. Student Lobby Day is sponsored by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in partnership with the Association Program Administrators of C-STEP and STEP, and the Higher Education Opportunity Program Professional Organization.

More than 1,000 students met with hundreds of lawmakers and staff to seek full restoration of the Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) budget, cut by 50% in the Governor's proposed budget.

- Filmed by Syracuse University CSTEP Program

 

 

 


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