By Brenda Hicks
Reauthorization is getting a little traction, most recently in the form of the PROSPER Act which passed out of the House Education committee a couple of weeks before Christmas.
What does this mean to you? It is time, friends, to engage in advocacy.
Step 1: Inform yourself. NASFAA’s advocacy page is open to everyone, members or not. Visit their page on the PROSPER Act and read their very good analysis on the aspects of the bill. When you do this, you will find yourself wanting to move to Step 2.
Step 2: Reach out to your federal representatives in Congress and tell them the parts of the bill you can support and the parts that you cannot support. Give them examples and case studies from your campus to help legislators understand how their theories will play out in reality.
To help you with your efforts, the KAFSAA Government Relations committee has updated the KASFAA Legislative webpage. You will find links to your Congressional leadership’s webpages, emails and newsletters as well as their office addresses and phone numbers. If you don’t know which of the four House representatives is yours, click on the district for a link to the district’s map.
If you have questions, need guidance on how to get started, or just need a little help figuring out the best way to connect, feel free to reach out to the KASFAA Government Relations committee members:
Chair – Brenda Hicks, Southwestern College Co-Chair – Kimberly Cashman, Cloud County Community College
Erin Anderson, Kansas City Kansas Community College Keith Fitzsimmons, University of Kansas Medical Center Cindi Kriss, Colby Community College Diane Lindeman, Kansas Board of Regents Sheelu Surender, Wichita State University