CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 27, 2001
UISG joins President Coleman at Iowa Congressional Luncheon
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) leaders
will join UI President Mary Sue Coleman in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, March
27 for the Iowa Congressional Luncheon on Capitol Hill.
UISG President Andy Stoll and Vice President Chris Linn will be accompanied
by Undergraduate Senate members Sara Stephenson and Megan Adams, and by Larissa
Faulkner, graduate professional student senate executive.
The fivesome will spend the day speaking with congressional leaders on accessibility
in higher education by way of expanded federal financial aid programs.
Yesterday (March 26) the UISG Student Assembly unanimously passed a resolution
supporting four changes in the federal government's federal financial aid
policy. The assembly supports a government increase in the undergraduate Pell
Grant Award maximum amount, which for 2000-2001, stands at $3,125.
The assembly also hopes the government will eliminate a federal loan origination
fee imposed on all student loans. The UISG believes the fee places an undo
tax burden on persons who struggle to pay their college costs. Getting rid
of the fee will help reduce the amount of money students must borrow, the
UISG also supports a raising of the federal income tax deduction limits
for educational loans, and ensuring all students have equal access to federal
To contact UISG about their visit with members of Congress through Wednesday,
call (319) 621-7865 or (319) 530-2505.