OCA Supports U.S. House's Decision to Increase Aid to APA College StudentsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12 July 2007
Hope Chu | Communications Manager
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Washington, DC – OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for their leadership in expanding access to higher education for low-income APA college students.
Yesterday, the House passed the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 (HR 2669). The bill will provide grants to designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions to increase and improve services for APA students. Among other t will increase financial aid by $18.25 billion over the next five years and will cut interest rates by 50% on need-based student loans over the same period of time.
AAPI Serving Institutions have AAPIs make up at least 10% of their undergraduate enrollment, and serve a significant number of low-income students.
"OCA has always supported this legislation and the official recognition of Asian American Pacific Institutions and the needs of low-income APA students. We congratulate the House in their efforts to ensure that more students are able to achieve the dream of a higher education,” said Ginny Gong, National President, "We look forward to the same leadership from the Senate.”
More information on the Act: http://edlabor.house.gov/micro/ccra.shtml
Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.