Pell Grants

No Pain, No Gain

Educators consider how to make high schools more rigorous so low-income students can qualify for new federal grants for college.

Mixed Bag for Higher Ed

House appropriations bill calls for $100 Pell Grant increase and level funding for programs White House proposed cutting.

No Surprises in House Spending Bill

Appropriations Committee adopts $100 increase in the maximum Pell Grant award; flat funding for biomedical research is intact.

Democrats Unveil Affordability Plan

State block grants, restructured tax credit centerpieces of a proposal aimed at increasing access to college.

Gripes About Grants

Commenting on U.S. rules for 2 new student aid programs, college groups cite several major flaws.

Textbooks, Barriers and Aid Forms

Federal advisory panel hears testimony on a range of topics relating to college access and affordability.

Pell Proposal's Price and Politics

There is no contest: By far, college officials' favorite element of the final report of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education is its clarion call for a major expansion of need-based financial aid, specifically in the form of a huge influx of funds into the federal Pell Grant Program.

Pell Grants Down, Tuition Up

Decline in key program for poor is among worrisome aid trends in annual survey on college costs, which again outpace inflation.

Turning Blue from College Costs

A partisan pollster said that young voters think Democrats can better confront the college affordability crunch.

Aiding Needy Students -- By Ending Pell?

Senate tax hearing dominated by expressions of support for need-based assistance -- and an innovative but controversial proposal.

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