CGS Urges Bipartisan and Bicameral Support for Graduate Education Programs

Earlier this week, CGS President Suzanne T. Ortega sent a letter to Congressional Appropriation Committee Members to urge their support for graduate education programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Specifically, the letter encourages bipartisan and bicameral support for graduate education programs during the upcoming mark-up of the FY 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Appropriations Committee bill. As you will see, the letter highlights several programs, including the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. In the letter, CGS President Ortega says, “This program provides valuable opportunities for graduate students to conduct vital research and produce scholarship that will help meet the nation’s most pressing challenges.” The letter also encourages appropriators to fund the TRIO Program at $1.3 billion, which includes the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Scholars Program provides needed financial assistance to academically talented graduate students. The letter also encourages appropriations of $886.8 million for the Aid for Institutional Development Program, $161 million for Title VI International Education and Foreign Language Studies Programs, and $20 million for the Fulbright-Hays Program.

CGS members are asked to share this letter with your campus colleagues, members of Congress, and congressional staff.