Dear (Senator/Representative Last Name):
I urge you to support increased funding for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, which would help ensure that future students like me have access to a high-quality affordable State System degree. As a constituent who attends (your university) studying (your program) who will soon (your employment plans), I thought I should bring the positive effects of the State System to your attention.
From my experiences, I know I am well-equipped to positively contribute to Pennsylvania’s economy. Did you know? A year after graduation, 94 percent of alumni are employed, continuing their education or serving in the military. What’s more, on average, 40 years after graduating, System alumni receive a return of investment of more than $866K.
This fiscal year the System is seeking a two percent increase in state appropriations and an additional $25 million to support a plan to expand opportunities and to improve affordability, student outcomes, reduce attainment gaps, and expand partnerships. It will support its transformation to become more student-centered.
Will you support a 2 percent increase in state funding for the System? The state's investment will pay dividends. Universities contribute nearly $11 for every one dollar of public funds expended!
I urge you to support increased funding for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. May I count on your support? I look forward to receiving your answer.
Thank you for considering my request on this matter. I hope that my expressed support will make a difference in your decision as you consider the FY 21-22 state budget.