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$400 Increase in Pell Grant Is Part of Budget Deal

March 10, 2022

The House of Representatives was taking up the remaining budget bills for the current fiscal year Wednesday night, and the current plan would increase the maximum Pell Grant by $400.

The current maximum is $6,495 per year, and the increase is the largest in more than a decade.

Jonathan S. Fansmith, assistant vice president for government relations at the American Council on Education, said he was pleased with the increase. But he said it was far from the goal of doubling the maximum Pell Grant and much more work needed to be done.

In general, he characterized the bill as providing a meaningful change from current funding levels but falling short of the expectations that people had at the beginning of the process.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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