Posted by: cslfconnects | April 22, 2009

Save FFELP on Virtual Hill Day – Make a call

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Attention students, families, guidance and financial aid professionals!

Are you worried about the future of FFELP under President Obama’s new budget plan? Students, schools (high schools and colleges) have reason for concern.

The local and personalized services The Connecticut Student Loan Foundation provides to students, families, and schools are in danger with the plan to make federal student loans only available through the Direct Lending program.  With the elimination of FFELP, thousands of jobs around the country at organizations like ours will be lost. 

What can you do?  TAKE ACTION! If you would like to make your voice heard in the fight to save FFELP, participate in “Virtual Hill Day” on Wednesday April 22, 2009. Virtual Hill Day is an effort for FFELP users (students and parents) and supporters to have their voices heard by calling their representatives in Congress to tell them our concerns with this plan.

Be sure to call on April 22, 2009 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm so our combined efforts will have the greatest impact!

Choose which talking points  you would like to emphasize.  We suggest including the loss of personal, local services to the community and the loss of jobs.

  • I am calling from [Your town/city], Connecticut.
  • I am calling to express my concern with the “reconciliation” provision for student loans included in the House budget resolution.
  • If included in the House-Senate conference budget resolution, this provision would expedite legislation that eliminates the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) – the private-sector based student loan program – and mandates that all students and schools borrow through the Government-controlled Direct Loan program.
  • Students should have choice and should continue to receive the outreach and other personalized services provided by organizations like the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation.
  • Having the Department of Education as the single source of Federal student loans would deprive students of the specialized outreach services CSLF provides in Connecticut.  Direct Government financing of all student loans would also significantly increase national debt.
  • Thank you for your time, and please DO NOT support a conference budget resolution that includes a reconciliation instruction for student loans, which could eliminate the vital role of organizations such as the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation.

If you would like to add specific details as to the services we provide to Connecticut families when you speak to a staffer, feel free to include them in your call.

Please note, as this effort proceeds throughout the day, the staffers at the congressional offices will have taken many calls on this matter.   Callers later in the day may want to be brief but stress their support for FFELP services and opposition to the conference budget resolution that includes a reconciliation instruction for student loans.

Find your representative here:

http://www.house.gov/Welcome.shtml

Connecticut Senators:


Christopher Dodd
(202)224-2823

To email from the web:

http://dodd.senate.gov/index.php?q=node/3128


Joseph Lieberman (202)224-4041

To email from the web:

http://lieberman.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm?regarding=issue

The following fantastic YouTube Video was produced by the folks at The Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority, affectionately known by Utahns across the state as UHEAA (You HEE Uh). They are all about helping Utahns understand the benefits of education beyond high school and then helping them make their educational dreams a reality.  Sound familiar, Connecticut?  Great job, guys! We stand with you and all students.

Please don’t forget to visit the UHEAA-powered website – for more on why we shouldn’t nationalize the student loan program:

http://www.keepstudentloanslocal.org/

Enjoy the video!



We believe a local agency helping local students is better than a bureaucratic, one-size-fits-all Washington program run by a low-bid government contractor. If the federal government nationalizes student loans, YOU LOSE.

What else you can do:

Use your social networks and word of mouth to spread the word to other supporters of our services and the FFELP program, and have them contact their Representatives and Senators to voice their support!
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CSLF on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocky-Hill-CT/Connecticut-Student-Loan-Foundation-CSLFSusie-Mae/7001899781

CSLF on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/first_rate

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