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Paul Ryan Expresses Support for Year-Round Pell

March 1, 2017

In a meeting with presidents from historically black colleges and universities Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his support for a return to year-round Pell Grants.

"I like year-round Pell," he said. "That makes a lot of sense."

HBCUs, higher education groups and community colleges, in particular, have been calling for the return of Pell Grant funding that would extend into summer courses for students. Restoring year-round Pell Grant funding has been a bipartisan goal since 2011, when summer Pell was cut due to funding shortfalls. Despite some movement last year in Congress, the House left year-round Pell out of its appropriations bill in December.

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Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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