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ACTION ALERT--July 9, 2007

 HACU urges support for HSI Appropriations for HEA-Title V grants

HACU urges the leadership of every HACU-member institution to immediately contact their United States Representative to request that they urge Chairman David Obey and Ranking Member Jerry Lewis of the House Appropriations Committee to increase the appropriations level for Hispanic-Serving Institutions within Title V of the Higher Education Act.

The Full Committee Markup of the Labor–HHS–Education Appropriations bill for FY 2008 is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11. 

While the Hispanic community has grown significantly in the past decade, federal programs that benefit Hispanic-Serving Institutions and the Hispanic community have received either level funding or only modest increases. In FY 2007, Congress appropriated $94.90 million in Title V grants for Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This was actually a slight reduction from the FY 2006 appropriation of $94.91 million. 

In June, the Labor–HHS–Education Appropriations Subcommittee recommended an allocation of $99.5 million for FY 2008. We encourage HSIs to advocate for an appropriation of no less than $100 million for FY 2008 Title V grants.

This funding is critical to more than 262 Hispanic-Serving Institutions which educate over half of the 1.8 million Hispanic students attending postsecondary institutions. As the number of Hispanic college students and Hispanic-Serving Institutions continues to grow, it is essential that our nation invest in the infrastructure and academic program capacity of HSIs to ensure educational access and opportunity for the future American workforce. 

What can you do?

Your advocacy will make a difference in convincing appropriators to increase funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions through Title V education grants. HACU urges you to contact your U.S. Representative immediately and request that he/she contact Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and Ranking Member Jerry Lewis (R-CA) of the House Appropriations Committee. Find attached a sample letter that you may use to contact your Representative. Please fax or call your representative.

Please contact HACU’s Washington, D.C.’s offices at (202) 833-8361 for any additional information or assistance.

YOUR LEADERSHIP WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

HACU Action Alerts are a service of the
 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

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Sample Letter

Date

U.S. Representative
Address
Washington, D.C. 20515 

Dear Representative (Your U.S. Representative):

I am writing to you on behalf of (your institution) to thank you for your long-standing commitment to the success of Hispanics in higher education.

As Congress moves to the full committee markup of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill this week, I urge you to support increased funding for the Department of Education’s Title V grants for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to an appropriation of no less than $100 million for FY 2008 from the Subcommittee’s allocation of $99.5 million. I encourage you to contact Chairman David Obey and Ranking Member Jerry Lewis of the House Appropriations Committee immediately with this request.

While the Hispanic community has grown significantly in the past decade, federal programs that benefit Hispanic-Serving Institutions and the Hispanic community have received either level funding or only modest increases. In FY 2007, Congress appropriated $94.90 million in Title V grants for Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This was a slight reduction from the FY 2006 appropriation of $94.91 million.

This funding is critical to more than 262 Hispanic-Serving Institutions which educate over half of the 1.8 million Hispanic students attending postsecondary institutions. As the number of Hispanic college students and Hispanic-Serving Institutions continues to grow, it is essential that our nation invest in strengthening academic programs at HSIs and in ensuring educational access and opportunity for the future American workforce. 

Therefore, I ask that you contact Chairman Obey and Ranking Member Jerry Lewis and urge them to increase resources for Hispanic-Serving Institutions during this week’s markup of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill.

Sincerely,

 

(College President/CEO or Chancellor) 

cc:     Antonio Flores, President & CEO, HACU