The COVID-19 crisis has hit TRIO students and families especially hard. While classrooms at all levels of the education pipeline have shuttered their doors for this semester, many low-income students do not have access to broadband internet or the technological tools (laptops, tablets, etc.) to continue coursework or receive support services online. Many students are dropping out in order to help their families meet their most immediate needs for survival. Even if they complete the semester, many more may not be able to continue with their educational plans in the fall.
Congress continues to write legislation to aid in COVID-19 recovery. Act now to make sure that TRIO students are included!
Take Action Now! Take one minute to e-mail your legislators.
If you already spoke directly with a congressional education staffer during COE's Policy Summit, you should e-mail or call them directly to follow up.
This year a record 232 House members and 49 Senators signed bipartisan letters supporting TRIO funding in regular FY21 appropriations. You can look up whether your members signed on the TRIO House FY21 Letter (.pdf) [scroll to end for list sorted by state/district] or the Senate FY21 Request Letter (.pdf) [in order of Senators’ signature].
Below is a suggested e-mail or call script.