AACS' Restore Student Access – Profile of Students Unable to Enroll
Below is a "Open Letter" which we are encouraging you to incorporate into AACS ATB member institutions' enrollment process, highlighting on a monthly-basis, the number of potential ATB students who are the first to be denied federal student assistance as a result of the elimination of the ATB student access and eligibility provision.
AACS will provide a separate letter template which institutions can use through VOTERVOICE to submit tallies to their elected officials over the course of the next 30 days leading into the AACS Annual Conference & Expo.
Once again, AACS will keep a running tally of the institutions who participate and the number of students who are being denied the benefits of student financial assistance for the formulation of a separate letter to Congress. Please be certain to forward your letters to: email@example.com
Restore ATB Student Access – Profile of Students Unable to Enroll
Please help me gain access to the Federal Student Financial Assistance I need to go to school!
As a student who does not possess a high school diploma, home school certification, GED, or other recognized equivalency, this institution has informed me that, regardless of the institution I attempt to enroll, I am not eligible to apply for or receive any Federal Student Financial Assistance.
The school informs me that Congress recently made changes to the law which prohibits individuals like myself from being eligible to apply for federal student financial aid.
As a Member of Congress I am seeking your guidance and asking for your help. Prior to changes in the law which took effect on July 1, 2012 I would have been able to take an entrance test, which, if I passed would have enabled me to be enrolled on the basis of my ability-to-benefit. But now, that option is no longer available to me and individuals like myself.
Please allow me to tell you a little bit about myself and explain why access to these funds are so important to me and my ability to enroll in postsecondary education.