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Opposing House Resolution 609

Resolution Opposing House Resolution 609

Approved 09/26/05

Whereas,      According to the California Student Public Interest Group (CALPIRG), House Bill HR609, containing the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, will be voted upon in the House within the month, cutting nearly $9 billion from student loan programs, increasing the typical student’s debt load by $5,800; and,

Whereas,      The proposal to cut student aid is embedded in a budget process called “budget reconciliation” which makes cuts to programs like student aid and Medicaid in order to reduce federal spending; and,

Whereas,      The majority of higher education institutions are currently raising fees and costs imposed on students to offset the budget cuts currently occurring nationwide; and,

Whereas,      According to CALPIRG, over the last year, costs have risen at an average of 10.5 percent in four-year institutions and 8.7 percent at community colleges; and,

Whereas,      According to CALPIRG, the average maximum Pell Grant is worth only half of what it was twenty years ago; and ,

Whereas,      According to the United States Student Association (USSA), eighty percent (80%) of federal aid was once in the form of grants as opposed to loans:  today that number is reversed, with twenty (20%) of federal aid coming from grants and 80 percent coming from loans, leaving the average undergraduate in a debt of $17,500 after graduation; and,

Whereas,      Almost 200,000 qualified high-school graduates do not attend college each year due to cost; and,     

Whereas,      According to CALPIRG, sixty-three (63%) percent of undergraduates report that they would not be able to attend college if they did not work, and one in five undergraduates work thirty-five (35) hours per week (robbing them of valuable time to study and become involved in campus activities); and,

Whereas,      The California State University system alone is expected to grow to over 500,000 students as early as 2010, along with Humboldt State expecting a growth of students to 12,000 by 2025; and,

Whereas,      The economic condition of California’s budget is resulting in massive reductions to all segments of education, with severe cuts to the two systems of higher education that serve over 611,000 students; and,

Whereas,      Humboldt University students will face direct, adverse affects from this bill, therefore be it

Resolved,      That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially oppose House Bill HR609; be it further

Resolved,      That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University urges the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University, President Rollin Richmond, the CSU Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Reed to take similar actions to oppose HR609; be it further

Resolved,      That the Associated Students of Humboldt State University encourage all students to contact their respective senators and Congress members regarding HR609; further be it further

Resolved,      That copies of this Resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, US Congressman Mike Thompson, US Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Dean of Enrollment Management Jean Butler, The California State Student Association, The Lumberjack, and the local media.

Authored by:


Perry Brubaker, Student-At-Large

Approved by:

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David Backues, Legislative Vice President             Nicole Alvarado, President