Contacting your legislator
Not sure how to format a letter to your legislator? Need some help with what to say? Here are templates and talking points:
Printed letter template
123 Main St.
City, State ZIP
Dec. 31, 2016
Senator’s address (Click here to find it.)
Dear [Title: Sen., Rep., etc.] [Name]:
Introduce yourself. Explain why you’re writing.
[Your name, typed]
Choose a meaningful subject line that indicates the content of your email.
Include your mailing address.
Compose the body of your email as you would a printed letter.
Avoid attachments. They may cause your email to get caught in a spam filter.
Here are some talking points to support your case:
• When the State System began in the 1980s, the universities received more than 60 percent of their funding from the Commonwealth. Now about a quarter of the State System’s funding comes from appropriations. The univeristies are poised to receive flat funding again.
• As state allocation has decreased, tuition and fees have increased.
• Systemwide, the universities have lost hundreds of employees since 2011.
• Systemwide, more than 100 programs have been discontinued since 2011.
• State System students have more difficulty registering for the classes and degree programs they want. (Share a personal story from you or a classmate.)
• Class sizes have grown. (Share a personal story about how many students are in your classes and how that affects your educational experience.)