Members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with President Barack Obama yesterday to discuss several long-standing issues disparately facing black Americans. Voting rights, immigration and PLUS loan changes led the discussion between the black legislators and the president, in their first meeting in more than two years.
On the subject of PLUS Loans, several CBC members with HBCU ties stressed that the president communicated a genuine understanding of the dramatic financial impact eligibility changes to the loan program have created for historically black colleges. From the Huffington Post:
Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said the president was very receptive to the issue that has affected so many families. “We are all concerned about that. I’ve had schools in my district that have loss 500 students,” he said.
Clyburn is a South Carolina State University alumnus and, along with Howard University alumnus Rep. Elijah Cummings, stressed the need for immediate action. From Politic365.com:
“Mr. President, if you’re going to look at these regulations, I beg you to do it with the urgency of now,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said he told President Obama yesterday on Parent PLUS loans.