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Year-Round Pell Grants Available July 1

June 20, 2017

Summer Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, the Department of Education announced Monday.

"This decision is about empowering students and giving them the flexibility and support needed to achieve their goals," said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. "Expanding access to the Pell program, so that students who need additional resources can graduate more quickly and with less debt, is the right thing to do."

Congress approved the restoration of year-round Pell in the spending bill it passed last month -- delivering on a longtime priority of advocates for access to student financial aid. But institutions needed guidance from the department on how the program would be implemented. The department recommended that, unless a student had remaining eligibility from the current award year, colleges pay out money from the 2017-18 grant for students attending classes this summer.

Year-round Pell allows students to receive up to 150 percent of a regular grant award over the course of the academic year so that they can continue taking classes in the summer and finish their degrees faster than they would otherwise.

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Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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