On Wednesday, October 26, during the Magic City Classic, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, will host a Student Debt Cancellation Issue Forum to provide constituents with information regarding the Biden Administration’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt per borrower. Despite Republican efforts to block this relief, the White House is continuing to encourage borrowers to submit applications at https://studentaid.gov. The event will feature a conversation with Alabama State University President Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. and Alabama A&M University President Dr. Daniel K. Wims about the state of HBCUs in Alabama and our nation. During the event, Rep. Sewell will announce a total of $1,000,000 in federal funding for the two universities which she helped secure from the National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund. Sewell will present a check for $500,000 to each university to preserve G.W. Trenholm Hall on the campus of Alabama State University and renovate the Carnegie Hall Library on the campus of Alabama A&M University.
“At a time when so many Alabamians are being crushed by student loans, President Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt per borrower will provide breathing room to those who need it most,” said Rep. Sewell. “While Republican-led states attempt to block this program and deny Americans relief, I am committed to ensuring that every eligible borrower has the information they need to take advantage of this assistance. I’m looking forward to a robust conversation with Presidents Ross and Wims and invite the community to join us for an informative event!”
“I’m so excited to be presenting Alabama State and Alabama A&M Universities with $500,000 each to preserve historic structures on campus,” continued Sewell. “Thanks to this funding which I proudly fought to secure, we are going to preserve ASU’s G.W. Trenholm Hall and renovate the Carnegie Hall Library on the campus of Alabama A&M. I will never stop fighting to ensure our HBCUs get the funding they need to preserve our rich Civil Rights legacy!”