Pell Grants

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. 

Obama's higher education plan for the end of his term

The White House adds to its lengthy list of proposals for higher education, but faces long odds in Congress for most of the agenda.

Looming default rates could penalize community colleges where few students borrow

Community colleges ask Washington for help on a federal loan-default measure they say is snagging colleges where relatively few students borrow.

Congressional study explores costs of and possible changes to Pell program

Congressional study explains why primary need-based-aid program ballooned in cost and explores how possible policy changes would affect spending -- and students.


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