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September 10, 2007
The University's Young Democrats organized a card signing Monday, Aug. 10, for students to thank Nevada's congressional delegation for approving a bill that provides an increase in student financial aid.
"We want to show Congress that students are paying attention and have a voice," said Rachel Miller, Young Democrats president.
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act, passed on Friday, Sept. 7, will cut student loan interest rates in half over the next four years, guarantee that borrowers will not have to pay more than 15 percent of their discretionary income for loan repayments and increase the maximum Pell Grant scholarship from $4,050 to $5,400.
"This is an issue that affects students so much," said Adam Allen, Young Democrats historian. "We decided it would be good to show our appreciation with a card."
Allen said he has always been uncomfortable with the idea of taking out student loans because of high interest rates. Passing this bill will make paying for college easier, he said.
Tim Taycher, Young Democrats treasurer, said that the passing of this bill shows that Congress is beginning to pay attention to issues that affect young adults.
"They are constantly talking about Medicare and Social Security," Taycher said. "Now they are starting to look at what is important to college students."
The University's Young Democrats organization is a chapter of Young Democrats of Nevada. Card signings will take place at Young Democrat chapters throughout the state. Students who are interested in joining the Young Democrats are encouraged to contact Rachel Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website.