Pell Grants

How new scholarship programs saved UT Austin's Pell enrollment

The Texas flagship university is seeing an increase in low-income enrollment at a time when many higher education experts are worried that the most vulnerable students are putting their educations on hold.

Success slows for project seeking increased enrollment of Pell students at high-achieving colleges

Initiative aimed at increasing Pell-eligible student enrollment at high-performing colleges is doing well. But a sudden plateau in progress shows hard choices colleges may need to make to move forward.

As debate over short-term Pell unfolds, for-profits on the sidelines

For-profit colleges were shut out of proposed legislation to expand Pell Grants to short-term programs. They’ve offered little pushback so far, though -- a sign the sector is focused on other legislative concerns.

Senate panel backs year-round Pell Grants and boost in NIH funding

Bill approved by Senate appropriations subcommittee would reinstate full-year grants for low-income students and provide $2 billion more in funding for the National Institutes of Health.

Fifteen-to-Finish campaign wins fans, stokes worries

A campaign for students to take 15 credits a semester is growing. But some worry 15-credit course loads could become a requirement for financial aid, or might prod job-holding students to take on too much.

White House plan to restore year-round Pell Grants and create a new bonus

The Obama administration wants to bring back year-round Pell Grants and create a $300 bonus for Pell recipients who take at least 15 credits per semester.

Four surprising findings on debt and default among community college students

Community college students who take out small federal loans are more likely to default, new report finds, and most defaulters earned fewer than 15 credits and never made a payment on their debt.

Education Department confirms Pell Grant pilot program for prisoners

Obama administration confirms its pilot program to offer Pell Grants to some prisoners is coming this Friday, and some Republican opposition is already forming.

Obama administration may soon announce experimental access to Pell Grants for incarcerated students

The Education Department is considering a limited experiment to allow incarcerated students to receive Pell Grants, which could build momentum for lifting a Clinton-era congressional ban.

House Republicans again propose 10-year freeze on Pell Grant maximum award

In attempt to balance the federal budget, House Republicans are again proposing that the maximum grant award remain at its current level for a decade. 

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