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100,000 Students Face Loss of Pell Grants | Care2 Causes

100,000 Students Face Loss of Pell Grants | Care2 Causes

HR 3671 , the $1 trillion bill that Congress has approved, means that the government will keep running but contains bad news for some 100,000 low-income college students. Pell Grants provide low-income students with funding for higher education and Republicans have been seeking to slash their funding for the past several months. The just-passed bill preserves the maximum amount of the grant, but changes the eligibility criteria and also the terms under which the grants can be applied. Inside HigherEd gives the details: The bill, HR 3671, draws from ideas put forward in Republican and Democratic spending plans earlier this year: it would preserve the maximum Pell Grant at $5,550, but change the program’s eligibility criteria, making as many as 100,000 of its 9 million recipients ineligible. The grants could be used for a total of 12 semesters, not 18, as in the past — a cha...

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