Lobbying Helps Persuade Ga. Lawmakers to Retain TEG. Let’s Say ‘Thank You! – and Keep Up the Good Work!’

Thanks in part to pressure that faculty, staff and students from colleges and universities around Georgia brought to bear, the House and Senate Budget Conference Committee in the closing days of the 2013 session of the General Assembly of Georgia reached an agreement to restore the Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) to 2013 level of $700 per student for fiscal year 2014. The legislature approved the measure in late March and sent it to Gov. Nathan Deal for his approval.

So, now it is time to say thank you to the legislators and the governor for their actions. Tuition assistance to the thousands of Georgia students enrolled in private colleges and universities throughout the state is available to all, but it keeps higher education in reach for many who otherwise might not be able get college educations.

Let’s show our appreciation for what our elected officials have done already and at the same time urge them to continue to support TEG as they begin this summer the budget-writing process for next year. We have to keep the pressure on because this program affects long-term financial aid for ALL Georgia residents enrolled in colleges and universities in the state.

Please show your support by sending an email to your representatives at this link: http://www.congressweb.com/GICA/6. And please share this item with all your friends, family and students. Non-students should selected “other concerned citizen” in the institution field.

It’s fast. It’s easy. It makes a difference.