Wheelock Students Advocate for Financial Aid
February 28, 2014
On Monday February 24th, Wheelock College participated in AICUM's annual Student Financial Aid Day at the State House. 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.
State Senator Sal DiDomenico and House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed over 100 students participating in the event, including students from Wheelock. Sen. DiDomenico spoke about his own story attending Boston College at night while working during the day. He stated that money should never be a barrier to higher education, and encouraged students in similar situations to not give up on completing their college degree.
House Speaker DeLeo emphasized his support for need-based financial aid and higher education in general. He also spoke to the need for MA to retain talented students graduating from MA colleges in the state. He encouraged students to visit their representatives in the State House later that day to communicate their support for need-based financial aid as constituents.
Following the program of speakers, Wheelock's students visited legislators and told their personal stories as to why need-based financial aid is so vital to their education. It is this type of student advocacy that will once again make a difference in protecting funding for need-based financial aid programs in the state budget as it did last year when the Legislature increased funding by $3 million!