Target: Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Goal: Support initiative to provide two years of free community college to American students
A proposal to defray the high cost of post-secondary education has been introduced by President Obama. The president seeks to dedicate $60 million of federal funding to ensure that hard-working students are able to attend community college. The plan would subsidize two years of community college for those attending school at least half-time and who are keeping up a C average or higher. While the federal government would pay about three quarters of the cost, it would rely on individual states to supply the remainder of the funding.
Not only would the funding give many Americans an opportunity they may otherwise be unable to afford, it would also have a lasting impact on the country for years to come. It would reduce student debt and increase income to non-profit community colleges, allowing them to improve their facilities and expand their classes. The move would also increase job prospects for students as well as introduce more educated professionals into the workforce.
If enacted, it could save students almost $4,000 per year, with other grants available to cover college-related costs like transportation and books for low-income students. The proposal, which is designed to make two years of college “as free and universal as high school is today,” still requires approval from Congress. In order to pass, the proposal needs the support of the public and their elected representatives. Your signature below will ask for the support of the Secretary of Education to ensure that the measure is approved.
Dear Mr. Arne Duncan,
A proposal was recently introduced by President Obama that would provide $60 million in funding to American students in their first two years of community college. The funding would be available to any student attending a non-profit university and taking at least half of a regular course load. Students accepting the funding will be expected to maintain a C average or higher.
The program will help millions of students across America, and lend new opportunities to the less fortunate, who may believe that college is not an option. In the long term, the program will contribute to the economy by reducing student debt and producing more educated workers. We, the undersigned, ask that you show support to this measure on behalf of American citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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