Participate in Public Higher Ed Advocacy Day on March 2
We won a huge victory for preK-12 students and MTA members with the enactment of the Student Opportunity Act. Now it’s time to win another victory — for students and staff at our public colleges and universities. This issue is important to all members, including those who are still carrying student debt, those whose family members are in debt, and those whose students will one day be in debt.
To undo years of underfunding, our goal is to win the first $120 million of reinvestment in public higher education through this year’s budget process and ultimately to pass the Cherish Act, which calls for $600 million in new funding over the next five years. Each year of investment would allow for a freeze on all tuition and fee hikes.
If you can make it to the State House on Monday, March 2, please join hundreds of members and students at Public Higher Education Advocacy Day.
Can't make it to the State House on March 2? Please join the Virtual Public Higher Education Advocacy Day.
Here are some ways to show your support:
- Download this fillable flyer.
- Fill in a student debt figure that works best for you. Options include:
- My student debt is:
- My student debt when I graduated from college was:
- Student debt for members of my immediate family is:
- Average student debt in Massachusetts: $37,172
- Post on social media a photo of yourself holding the sign along with a message about supporting the Cherish Act.
Can you make a video?
Post a short video (not longer than 30 seconds) talking about student debt and the destructive underfunding of public higher education — and urging passage of the Cherish Act.
Sample script: I have two children attending public universities in Massachusetts, and as a family we expect to accumulate more than $________ in student debt. It’s time to end the chronic underfunding of public higher education in Massachusetts. Pass the Cherish Act!
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