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Student Financial Aid Day at the State House

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February 27, 2014
Merrimack students got their chance to say “thank you” to legislators for last year’s funding of need-based financial aid programs that help Massachusetts students stay in Massachusetts to attend a college here.  

It is a powerful message of thanks when a legislator can put a student’s face and story to the budget line item which funds these programs.  This funding is critical to helping MA students get to – and through – college and it is important to say thanks.  

Student Financial Aid Day at the State House is an opportunity for college students from across Massachusetts to visit the State House and lend their voice in support for funding for need-based financial aid programs. Last year more than 250 students and staff from more than 35 colleges participated in the event.

The students from each college and university are typically accompanied by a staff person from the financial aid office or the government relations office. After assembling in the Great Hall, the students will listen to brief remarks from 2 or 3 elected officials. The legislators talk about the importance of a college education and the key role that colleges and students play in the economic engine of the state. They also offer some advice on how to effectively lobby/talk to legislators and their staff during office visits.

After the speaking portion of the program the students are then directed to visit the offices of the Senators and Representatives that represent the city or town where their college is located as well as the elected official from their home town. Students are provided talking points, maps of the State House, and a list identifying which Senators and Representatives represent both the district where the college is located and each student’s hometown.