TCU students, presidents to make visits on Capitol Hill

Feb 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

TCU STUDENTS ON CAPITOL HILLStudent leaders and administrators from tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) across the U.S. met in Washington, DC on Monday in preparation for planned meetings with congressional representatives and members of the U.S. Senate. Their goal: seek much needed financial support for chronically underfunded TCUs.

At Monday’s planning meeting, American Indian Higher Indian Education Consortium president and CEO, Carrie Billy, pointed out that students at TCUs receive under $6000 in federal monies per student, compared to $30,000 per student at other institutions. “It’s critical that we engage and have our say,” she stated.

A variety of speakers gave students and administrators an overview of education policy-making and the fiscal realities in Washington in preparation for their congressional visits. Speakers included Deputy Under Secretary of Education Jamienne Studley, National Institute of Food and Agriculture Director Sonny Ramaswamy, and Senior Vice-President of Government Affairs at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities Ellen Nissenbaum.

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