Student Advocates for Success

Who better to rally students for critically-needed financial aid than other students? 

Through Student Advocates for Success (SAS), Women Employed provides student leaders with tips, tools, and training, helping thousands make their voices heard at campuses across Illinois and in Springfield. SAS provides students with the resources and information they need to tell their own unique stories, influencing policymakers and improving the lives of fellow students.

Legislators are listening. Here are just a few of SAS’s victories:

  • In 2014, more than 1,000 students from community colleges across Illinois wrote letters, signed posters, and took photos, telling their legislators to defend the Monetary Award Program (MAP), Illinois' financial aid program that serves thousands of low-income students. The result: legislators agreed to protect MAP funding.
  • In 2013, despite threats of cuts to all areas of the budget, MAP actually sustained an increase of almost $2 million.
  • In 2011, after $17.2 million was cut from MAP, hundreds of students wrote their legislators. Not only was that funding restored, but an additional $16.3 million was added to MAP’s budget!

We’re helping students become advocates, but everyone can be an advocate for financial aid, student supports, and other issues that affect working students. 

Hear from students about why these issues matter to them, and how they’re advocating for change.

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