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Students Urge Lawmakers to Support Financial Aid Increases
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The Massachusetts State House recently opened its doors to more than 150 students from colleges across the Commonwealth. Bentley University was among those represented at the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) Financial Aid Advocacy Day on February 24, 2014. Over the course of the day, students met with state senators and representatives to persuade them to legislate for increased financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo addressed the students who represented nearly 30 AICUM member colleges, “Each of you is critical to the future of the Commonwealth,” he emphasized. “And my hope is that you stay here after you graduate and continue to be part of our dynamic Massachusetts economy.”
Speaker DeLeo ended with a call to action, urging students to meet with their legislators and share their experiences, “The most important lobbying efforts are by the actual people who are affected. That’s what makes the real difference to lawmakers.”
Following his speech, Speaker DeLeo invited the seven Bentley undergraduate students for a private meeting in his office. The Speaker has a special connection to Bentley; his son is Assistant Professor of Global Studies Robert A. DeLeo.
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu.