U.S. Rep. Jan Meyers, R-Lawrence, plans to meet with Kansas University student leaders today concerning $11 billion in proposed student financial aid cuts in Congress.
Kirk Walder, press secretary for the congresswoman, said Mrs. Meyers will meet with representatives of the KU Student Senate's Student Legislative Awareness Board at 3 p.m. today at her Lawrence office, Ninth and Mississippi streets.
Walder said Mrs. Meyers plans to respond to concerns the group raised this week.
The Student Senate group, as well as KU Young Democrats, have staged several events this week designed to make students aware of proposed funding cuts in student grants and loans.
On Wednesday, the Student Senate group led a march of about more than 150 KU students to Mrs. Meyers office. They also have organized a letter-writing and telephone campaign.
The students were protesting Mrs. Meyers' support of $700 million in cuts to student aid programs that have been approved by the House. That legislation is now in the U.S. Senate.
Mrs. Meyers issued a statement saying she is a supporter of higher education, but she also believes the cuts are necessary to eliminate the yearly budget deficit.