UAH Student Government Association President travels to the White House

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Student Government Association presidents from around the country traveled to the White House last weekend to discuss education reform. UAH SGA President Austin Finley was one of them.

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UAH SGA President Austin Finley, in Washington, D.C.

"It's really humbling to sit there with some of the largest, most prestigious universities in the nation. We brainstormed how we could elevate ourselves and improve higher education overall," said Finley.

One of the topics they discussed was student safety, specifically, sexual assault on college campuses.

"What can we actually do to make our campus safer, making sure we're following these Title IX procedures to the dot and making sure our students feel safe and if they have been assaulted, making sure they feel safe to come out and report it," said Finley.

They also discussed the growing financial burden higher tuition is putting on students.

"More and more students are finding its harder to afford college these days.  The less students we have going to college, that's not good for our nation. Finding a way to make it easier for students to afford to go to college .Right now, especially in Alabama with the Education Trust Fund signed, making sure that money we have there stays there and it's not allocated to somewhere else," said Finley.

Finley says they also discussed career readiness, ensuring students are prepared both academically and with real-life skills when they graduate.