Obama Pledges to Fight Cuts to Pell Grants

April 20, 2011

President Obama on Tuesday signaled that he would strongly oppose Republican budget plans that would, among other things, cut the size of the maximum Pell Grant. In remarks at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, he said: "How many of you who are in the audience have gotten a Pell Grant to help you pay your way? How many of you can’t afford to pay another $1,000 to go to school? I know what this is like. Scholarships helped make it possible for me and for Michelle to go to college. It’s fair to say I wouldn’t be President if it hadn’t been for somebody helping me be able to afford college. That’s why I think it would be such a huge mistake to balance the budget on the backs of students, by cutting scholarships by as much as $1,000, forcing students to go without them altogether."

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