On Monday, March 18, 1985, Senator Edward M. Kennedy was the featured
speaker at a Northeastern University student rally opposing proposed
cuts by the Reagan administration in federal aid to students.
As a part of the 1986 federal budget, Ronald Reagan planned to
limit Guaranteed Student Loans to students whose families earned
over $32,500 a year. Also included in the plan, was a $4,000 cap
on all federal aid and benefits that a student could receive in
one year. Reagan’s cuts, if approved, would have resulted
in up to $23 million dollar in aid lost to Northeastern students
Coordinated by Northeastern Student Government press secretary
Brian Coventry, the rally was held in the Alumni Auditorium and
included tables set up to assist students with writing letters to
congressional leaders. Senator Kennedy arrived on campus two hours
prior to the start of the rally to take personal testimony from
students who would be affected by the proposed cuts.