Pell Grants Help Keep College Affordable for Millions of Americans
March 7, 2014 - One-pager on the importance of the Pell Grant program, the impact of recent changes, and projected stability in Pell Grant costs.
Maximum Income Cap Would Eliminate Pell Grants for Needy Students
April 25, 2013 - The House FY14 budget resolution suggests
implementing an unspecified maximum income cap for Pell Grants, above which
students would no longer be eligible for Pell Grants, regardless of their
family size or situation. However, the federal needs analysis formula already
targets Pell Grants toward the neediest students.
Independent Students Depend on Pell Grants for Access to College
November 16, 2012 - Fact sheet on independent students, with a focus on those who receive Pell Grants.
Impact of the Immediate and Retroactive Lower Lifetime Limit for Pell
June 19, 2012 - In the 2012-13 year alone, the immediate and
retroactive lower lifetime limit for Pell Grants will cause more than 100,000
students to lose their Pell Grant. This change, enacted by Congress last year,
is expected to disproportionately harm African-American students and students
enrolled at public and nonprofit four-year colleges, and will make it harder
for students needing remediation to complete.
House FY13 Budget Penalizes Work for Low-Income College Students by Cutting the
Income Protection Allowance (IPA)
June 18, 2012 - The House FY13 budget resolution drastically cuts the IPA
levels enacted on a bipartisan basis in 2007 to help needy working students.
Current IPA levels are near the poverty level, and this rollback would cut Pell
Grants by $24 billion over 10 years for millions of students already struggling
to cover living expenses and college costs.
House FY13 Budget Increases Uncertainty and Complexity in the Financial
Aid Process for Students with Family Incomes over $20,000
July 15, 2012 - The House FY13 budget resolution makes students with
family incomes above $20,000 ineligible for an automatic-zero expected family
contribution (EFC), rolling back bipartisan changes enacted in 2007. This
proposal would add uncertainty and complexity to the financial aid process for
needy students, ultimately harming college access.
Expanding the Definition of Income Would Penalize Work, Reduce College
Completion, and Increase Complexity
June 18, 2012 - The House majority's FY12 Labor-HHS appropriations bill
proposed expanding the definition of income for determining eligibility for
Pell Grants and other student financial aid. This change would have cut Pell
Grants for needy students by an estimated $13 billion over 10 years, harming
college access, completion, and economic growth.
FY12 Appropriations Bill Cuts Pell Grants by $44 Billion
October 11, 2011 - One-pager on the impact of the House Appropriations
Committee FY12 Labor‐HHS bill, which would have cut millions of needy students'
Pell Grants, including entirely eliminating grants for more than 550,000
students next year and for more than 1 million students in 2017.
Grant Provisions Prevent Student Abuse
July 18, 2011 - Despite recent discussion of student abuse of federal Pell
Grants, there is actually no evidence widespread abuse exists. Any concerns
about fraud or abuse should be addressed directly and carefully to avoid
harming the millions of needy students who play by the rules.
Coalition letter urging Sen. Patty Murray, super committee co-chair, to protect the Pell Grant
September 27, 2011 - Letter signed by 55 education, student, civil rights and public policy organizations urging the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to maintain the maximum Pell Grant award.
letter urging the President to Protect Pell Grants
July 15, 2011 – Letter signed by 62 education, student, civil rights and public policy
organizations urging the President to protect Pell Grant awards and eligibility
in negotiations over the debt ceiling.
letter urging Congress to fund Pell Grants at $5,550
5, 2011 – Letter urging Congress to maintain the FY 2011 maximum Pell Grant
award of $5,550.