Pell Grants

Enrollments -- and Pell Costs -- Soar

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Midyear review of federal budget situation shows price of Obama Pell Grant proposal rising by $27 billion, potentially putting other administration priorities at risk.

What Works for the Needy

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Analysis of which financial aid programs most help low-income students says that simplicity often trumps targeting and finds promise in aid tied to academic performance and support services.

Pell Costs Explode

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With demand booming, U.S. says grant program's price tag will soar by $18 billion through 2011. Democrats see no impact on student loan reform.

HBCU Chiefs Address Grad Rates

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Under renewed scrutiny about student degree attainment, presidents of historically black colleges say current measurements don't capture truth about outcomes.

Renewed Push on Pell

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Obama budget for 2011, to be released today, will call for raising maximum grant to $5,710 and making program an entitlement.

The Shrunken Student Aid Bill

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With Congress set to take up health measure, Democrats strip community college funds, accountability provisions and more from loan overhaul.

Student Loan Overhaul Advances

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Overshadowed by health care, legislation to end lender-based federal loans and use savings to shore up grants for needy students nears final approval.

Prepaid Bailouts Present Dilemma

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It's been a politically popular move for lawmakers to bail out prepaid college tuition plans that are now going broke, but doing so raises some potentially troubling questions of equity. Indeed, these bailouts could have the net impact of forgiving investment losses for middle- and upper-income families at the expense of low-income people, higher education researchers say.

Data May Show HBCUs at Best, Worst

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WASHINGTON – Historically black colleges and universities are expected to play a crucial role in improving the nation’s educational attainment levels by 2020, but they are likely to face some hard truths in the process. Speaking to a group of educators and policy analysts here Thursday, the man leading the White House initiative on HBCUs said he’s mining data that may show both what’s wrong and what’s right with these institutions.

“We are not going to run from whatever news there is, good or bad,” said John Silvanus Wilson Jr., the initiative’s director.

Pell Shortfall Persists

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WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel wavered a bit from its House of Representatives counterpart, producing a 2011 funding bill Tuesday that aims to protect Pell Grants from cuts -- but doesn't fully fund the program -- and boosts funding to the National Institutes of Health.

At a brief drafting session, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved a bill that provides $169.6 billion in discretionary funding, including $66.4 billion for the Education Department.

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