Posted by: cslfconnects | May 6, 2009

Save FFELP Update

Thank you for your support of our campaign to keep student loans local and preserve student choice!

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As you may know, Congress announced on Monday, April 27, 2009 agreement on the President’s budget for 2010. We are pleased to see Congress included the following “Sense of Congress on College Affordability and Student Loan Reform” in the President’s budget proposal:

“It is the Sense of Congress that –

(1) nothing in the resolution should be construed to reduce any assistance that makes college more affordable and accessible for students, including but not limited to student aid programs and services provided by nonprofit State agencies and private lenders;

(2) private and non-profit lenders, originators, and loan servicers help students plan for, apply to, and pay for post-secondary education and training;

(3) any reform of the federal student loan programs to ensure that students have reliable and efficient access to federal loans should include some future role for the currently involved private and non-profit entities, including state non-profits with 100% FFEL lending in the State, and capitalize on the current infrastructure provided by private and non-profit entities, in order both to provide employment to many Americans during this time of economic distress and to maintain valuable services that make post-secondary education more accessible and attainable for many Americans; and

(4) therefore, pursuant to any changes to the student loan programs, loan processing, administration, and servicing should continue to be performed, as needed, by for-profit and non-profit entities.” – FY10 Concurrent Budget Resolution, sec. 605.

grassroots-activismWhile specific details are not yet available, we are encouraged that our message was heard and many of the valuable benefits and services contained in the FFEL Program will continue. Our thanks to the thousands of individuals who have voiced their support for CSLF and other FFEL institutions nationwide.

Please continue making your voice heard in Washington. Communicate frequently with the Congress and the President. Thank them for their support and remind them of their promises to Connecticut’s schools, families, and students. Our task now is to work together to push for the broadest interpretation possible of the Sense of Congress.

SENATE:


http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=CT

Dodd, Christopher J.  – (D – CT)
448 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2823

Web Form:  http://dodd.senate.gov/index.php?q=node/3130

Lieberman, Joseph I.  – (ID – CT)
706 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510  (202) 224-4041

Web Form:  http://lieberman.senate.gov/contact/

HOUSE:


Joe Courtney
215 Cannon House Office Building
Washington , DC 20515
(202) 225-2076
(202) 225-4977 fax

http://courtney.house.gov/email/

District Offices:
Norwich District Headquarters
101 Water Street, Suite 301
Norwich , CT 06360
(860) 886-0139
(860) 886-2974 fax
Enfield
77 Hazard Ave, Unit J
Enfield, CT 06082
(860) 741-6011
(860) 741-6036 fax

Office Hours in Killingly:

Representatives from Congressman Courtney’s office also hold office hours at Quinebaug Valley Community College every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

QVCC
742 Upper Maple Street
Danielson, CT 06239
Rosa DeLauro
2413 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3661
Fax: 202-225-4890

http://delauro.house.gov/contact_form_email.cfm

Main District Office
59 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-562-3718
Fax: 203-772-2260
Stratford Exchange
Phone: 203-378-9005
John Larson
106 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2265
Fx: (202) 225-1031

http://forms.house.gov/larson/contact.html

Hartford, CT Office
221 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Ph: (860) 278-8888Fx: (860) 278-2111
Chris Murphy
412 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4476

https://forms.house.gov/chrismurphy/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm

New Britain Office
114 West Main St.
Suite 206
New Britain, CT 06051
Phone: (860) 223-8412
Fax: (860) 827-9009
Jim Himes
214 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5541
Fax: (202) 225-9629

http://himes.house.gov/?sectionid=54&sectiontree=54

Bridgeport CT Office
211 State Street, 2nd Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: (866) 453-0028
Fax: (203) 333-6655

White House & President Barrak Obama

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone Numbers:
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

The Connecticut Student Loan Foundation is a non-profit corporation that administers, guarantees, and finances loans within the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). CSLF promotes access to higher education by helping students and their families plan for and pursue a postsecondary education. CSLF has more than 40 years of experience providing assistance to students, parents, and industry partners.

  • For information about CSLF as a student loan lender, visit the Education Loan section of our Web site
  • For information about CSLF college planning services, visit the College Planning section of our Web site
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  1. Bold and insightful post; The authors clarity on the issue of saving our student loans and grass roots activism and the truth it brings to bear on the prospects for the future give us all reason for hope. The question is: Are people ready to hear the good news yet? I for one AM!

    Kudos again to the author.

    • Thank you, Gabriel! Grassroots approaches are the most powerful way to promote change. If anything, I wish the student loan industry had undertaken it far more quickly, especially the private non-profit state guaranty agencies like the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation. There is a passionate community out there that supports transparency and fairness, as you know, and we can really work up a good head of steam when we want to.

      I enjoyed your website and appreciate where you are coming from. Feel free to add me on facebook, where we can share information about related issues. :)

      Lastly, here’s my favorite quote about change:

      “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

      Get in touch, Gabriel!

      ~ Mariana Evica


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