BOSTON (AP) – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is undergoing treatment for his brain tumor, but that hasn’t stopped the Massachusetts Democrat from returning to his official duties.

The senator sent a letter Monday to the president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, urging his member colleges to register for the federal Direct Loan Program. Kennedy’s goal is to ensure students can access student loans even if private lenders refuse to offer federal loans to their students.

Since suffering a seizure on May 17, official statements from Kennedy’s office have dealt with his condition or have been issued by staffers on his behalf. The college statement is the first from the senator himself.

Kennedy underwent brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center on June 2. After his discharge a week later, aides said he would begin chemotherapy and radiation treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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