Double the Pell
Cost should never stop anyone from going to college
Since it was created, the Federal Pell Grant has provided the funding to help low-income students pay for higher education.
It’s time for Congress to reinvest in this important program, a move that will:
More than 7 million students receive Pell Grants nationally each year, but few can rely on it to fully finance their degree.
Too many students struggle to pay for food, housing and health care. More Pell funding can help.
Greater federal support for Pell will enable colleges and universities to stretch their own aid funding to more families.
“I work two jobs to in order to pay rent and groceries, leaving little time for my homework. Doubling the Pell Grant will not only help me focus on my studies, but also students that go through similar situations.”
Arianna Romero, UC Irvine, 2023
Pell Grants are the federal government's main tool for helping low-income students afford college. In 1980, Pell Grants covered more than 75 percent of the cost to attend a 4-year public university. Today the maximum award covers just 28 percent.
The financial instability brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has made the eroding value of Pell Grants even more problematic for millions of college students and their families. And it means that many students are taking on more debt.
We're calling on Congress to double the Pell Grant, so it reaches a maximum award of $13,000. This will make college more affordable and give students the support they need to succeed.
“Doubling the Pell is an investment in students' dreams, the community, and the end to a cycle of having the dream but not being able to afford it.”
Lisseth Lopez Ponce, UC Merced, 2021
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