Save Pre-college TRIO Programs sign now

Dear Congressman:

We, the undersigned, hereby Petition you, as our United States Congressperson to support TRIO (Upward Bound and Talent Search) and Gear Up programs. TRIO programs are designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended.

While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education. Presently, President Bushs FY 06 budget proposes the elimination of Upward Bound and Talent Search (two TRIO programs) as well as Gear Up. The total budget proposed by President Bush for TRIO for FY 06 is $369.4 million, a 56\% cut. Now is the time to communicate to Congress one's opposition to this Administrations recommendation and save these programs for our students!

We, the undersigned TRIO/Gear Up supporters, express our distress over the possible demise of three federally funded programs. We are referring to the proposed elimination of Upward Bound and Talent Search programs as well as Gear Up in President Bushs FY 06 budget. We request that Congress carefully consider what the loss of such programs will mean to our nations youth in general, and more specifically to our local youth who are presently benefiting from these programs. Can we afford the eradication of college access programs such as Upward Bound, Talent Search and Gear Up? Please support funding for the continuation of TRIO programs. Not only will this support benefit the young people that TRIO and Gear Up serve, but each citizen of the United States. Again, we ask for your support of favorable funding of TRIO Programs in the Fiscal Year 2006 appropriations bill.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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