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Use Social Media to Tell Congress Why You’re #Thankful4Pell

Monday, November 18, 2019  
Posted by: Kelly Mae Ross, Communications Manager
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The Pell Grant program is a higher education policy success story. Since 1972, the Pell Grant has helped tens of millions of students from low-income backgrounds earn a college degree.

But we cannot take lawmaker support for granted; it’s a fight to secure small increases in funding for the Pell Grant program each year. That’s why it’s key to express our appreciation for Pell and demonstrate the vital role this grant plays in students’ lives.

The National College Access Network, its members, and other stakeholders are joining together this week (Nov. 18-22) to express our thanks for need-based aid and encourage lawmakers to protect the Pell Grant’s purchasing power.

Congress is currently debating funding levels for education programs. If Congress doesn’t act, the maximum Pell Grant award — $6,195 for the 2019-20 award year — will not rise for the next academic year.

How can you help?

Visit our Action Center where you can send a tweet (pre-written or personalized) to your elected representatives expressing thanks and advocating for Pell.

Every. Tweet. Helps.

While the quality of our message is important, so too is quantity. For the #Thankful4Pell campaign to catch lawmakers’ and Hill staffers’ eyes, we’re going to need a sizable chorus of voices to chime in.

After you send a tweet to your elected officials via our action center, please encourage a colleague or friend to do the same.

And if you don't have a Twitter account, you can still promote the campaign via Facebook and/or LinkedIn by sharing the link to the Action Center page.

Note: If you don't use this action center to send your tweet(s), please be sure to include the handles for your members of Congress in your message(s). This is extremely important.

#Thankful4Pell Twitter chat

While tweeting directly at members of Congress via our Action Center is the top priority of this campaign, another way you can show support is to participate in the #Thankful4Pell Twitter chat (Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. ET).

The goal of this chat is to help educate policymakers and others about the importance of Pell and discuss ways we can keep the program strong for future students.

If you would like to receive the Twitter chat questions in advance, you can email Kelly Mae Ross at rosskm@collegeaccess.org.


The Pell Grant program supports nearly 60% of Black students and almost half of Hispanic or Latino students working toward an undergraduate degree, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.

Please take just a few minutes to advocate for Pell by telling your elected representatives why this program is so important and being part of the sixth annual #Thankful4Pell campaign.