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1115 Michigan Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
February 15, 1980

Senator Harrison Williams (D-NJ)
U.S. Senate, 352 Russell Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Williams:

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I am writing you as a member of Congressional Liaison Committee
the National Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund asking
for your support to provide funds for (Title III) developing insti-

These institutions serve a vital need in providing avenues for disadvantaged students to improve their plight. They not only are willing to enroll students who have high levels of academic achievement but have constantly gambled on students with less than glamorous academic achievement and won. When I entered college, my French Instructor had graduated from high school in Harlem with a "D" average. Someone convinced him to try to attend college. He applied and was given a conditional admittance to Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. From that gamble, this man worked hard and graduated going on to the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France to do further study. Presently this gentleman is not only a Professor of French, but the Editor and Publisher of a local newspaper. Success stories such as this one are almost infinite at these institutions.

The faculty and staffs of these colleges work the hardest, get paid the least and continue to do what most would surely have to concede is a miraculous job. They arve students who come from some of the poorest backgrounds (many families make less than $5,000 per year) and continue to succeed.

When I graduated from high school, I was one of those students listed above, so I knew first hand the Job that these schools are doing. Your support for continuation of funding for these institutions will preserve an unheard national treasury in this country.


W. Ined Thompson

W. Fred Thompson

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I am writing to respectfully urge your support of
H.R. 5192 in opposition to S. 1600.

The bill, H. R. 5192, amends and extends the Higher
Education Act, and provides about $5 billion a year in
grants, work-study and loans to students, affecting
graduates and undergraduates at Radford University and
other colleges and universities across the nation. In
my opinion H. R. 5192 is a balanced student-aid bill,
providing help for both lower-income and middle-income
students at both public and independent colleges.

I would like to point out that S. 1600 would more than double the interest rates on student loans, thereby increasing by a substantial amount the debt burden faced by students and their families. It would also require graduate students to pay the interest on their loans while they are in school. S. 1600 also would restructure the existing loan programs, which many believe will be disruptive of the entire program.

Your consideration of this most important legislation is greatly appreciated.


Duals Dedmon

Donald N. Dedmon

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Senator PELL. This winds up this session. The next meeting of the committee will be Tuesday, October 23, in room 4232.

[Whereupon, at 12:25 p.m., the subcommittee adjourned, to reconvene Tuesday, October 23, 1979.]





COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES, Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 2:30 p.m., in room 457, Russell Senate Office Building, Senator Claiborne Pell (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Senators Pell, Stafford, and Javits.

Senator PELL. The Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities will now come to order. Today we continue our hearings on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and our focus today will be on student assistance programs, particularly the grant programs. We will also receive a general overview of student assistance programs from several prospectives including the views of students, representatives of States, and the financial aid community.

The witnesses will hopefully share their thoughts concerning several of the proposals pending before this committee, particularly the half-cost compromise that is being agreed to by many members of the higher education community. I believe today's hearing will be extremely informative and interesting.

For those of you who have not been witnesses before, when we have quite a heavy schedule as we have today, we ask you to be as brief as possible. The full statement and recommendations will be put in the record. The points you wish to emphasize will hopefully be made orally, and if they are done extemporaneously that way, speaking as one Senator, at least, they sink into my mind much more clearly. We have a system of lights and a little bell that attempts to limit the testimony to 5 minutes, and we will be using this system today.

Senator Stafford?

Senator STAFFORD. Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I think I can easily second your plea for short speeches, since I come from Vermont in the tradition of Calvin Coolidge.

I think, Mr. Chairman, the first witness is Dr. Lattie Coor, and I will forego any opening statement, but I would like the privilege of introducing Dr. Coor when he comes to the witness table.

Senator PELL. Maybe he could come forward now together with Dr. Morrissey and Dr. Eggers and Dr. Terrey who make up the first panel, representing the American Council on Education.

Senator STAFFORD. Mr. Chairman, and our guests, it is a pleasure for me, on behalf of the subcommittee, to welcome Lattie Coor to this hearing. He is here in an especially honored capacity, repre


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