During off-air time, call the host or producer of a local radio talk show or television community affairs program and pitch your idea of doing a show on the need to increase to federal student aid. Suggest guests such as your institution’s president, student body leaders, financial aid administrators, and students who benefit from federal student aid programs. When the show airs, be sure to have plenty of callers lined up to flood the phone lines with support for your message.

Members of Congress are also frequent guests on talk shows. This provides an excellent opportunity to question them on their votes for or against student aid programs. Call your member’s district office to see when the next appearance is scheduled. When the show airs, keep your supporters calling and asking similar questions. This will drive home the point that constituents are interested in the subject. It’s also an excellent way to educate the general public.