Pell Grants

Advice for the Senate

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College groups offer suggestions on how to improve on the House's Higher Ed Act legislation.

The Senate's Higher Ed Act

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The U.S. Senate's education committee will convene today to take up its version of legislation to renew the Higher Education Act -- a bill that most college lobbyists prefer to the version passed in July by the parallel panel in the House of Representatives.

Next Step for the Higher Ed Act

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With legislative picture muddied by Katrina, Senate panel makes fast work of its version of key bill.

Drug Law Denies Aid to Thousands

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Study finds that provision on prior convictions of college students withholds $150 million in Pell Grants and loans each year.

Senate Backs Budget for NIH, Student Aid

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In lean year for colleges, measure would sustain key programs but provide few increases beyond biomedical research.

Student Aid Raid Continues, Colleges Say

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Lobbyists object to Congressional proposal to use Pell Grant surplus for non-college programs.

Bad Budget News for College Programs

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Compromise spending bill would keep maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 and freeze most other student aid programs.

House Rejects Education Budget Bill

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22 Republicans vote with Democrats on measure that college groups staunchly opposed, but alternatives  are unpleasant.

The Gift Colleges Don't Want

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It is supposed to be a boon for colleges and students, the one major provision in federal legislation to reduce the budget deficit that makes it easier for higher education to swallow the unpalatable parts of the bill that cut benefits to students. After all, the proposed program would provide $3.75 billion in grant aid for students, a rare injection of new federal funds into higher education at a time of fiscal austerity and budget slashing.

A Grilling for Spellings

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Education secretary faces tough questioning from Senate appropriators on Bush budget for student aid and other programs.

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