2011 Continuing Resolution Maintains $5,550 Max Pell for 2011-12

SavedOn April 15, President Obama signed a fiscal year (FY) 2011 spending bill -- known as a continuing resolution (CR) -- that maintains the maximum Pell Grant at $5,550 for the 2011-12 award year and allows schools to provide a second Pell Grant award this summer to eligible students. While the FY2011 CR includes some cuts to student aid programs, these cuts pale in comparison to a proposed CR passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives that would have cut 2011-12 Pell Grant awards by as much as $845. 

Thanks to everyone who helped prevent these cuts by advocating their representatives in Congress to save student aid. The battle now turns to the FY2012 budget. House Republicans have again proposed slashing Pell Grants, but we'll continue to fight these proposed cuts. You can help by taking action to save student aid today.

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2011 Continuing Resolution Maintains $5,550 Max Pell for 2011-12

On April 15, President Obama signed a fiscal year (FY) 2011 spending bill -- known as a continuing resolution (CR) -- that maintains the maximum Pell Grant at $5,550 for the 2011-12 award year and allows schools to provide a second Pell Grant award this summer to eligible students.

Congress Passes 2011 Spending Bill That Maintains 2011-12 Pell Awards
April 15, 2011 -- More than half way through the 2011 fiscal year (FY), Congress finally passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY2011, preserve the $5,550 maximum Pell Grant for the 2011-12 award year, and delay elimination of second Pell awards until after this summer.
ED Releases Pell Guidance on FY 2011 Continuing Resolution
April 28 -- The Department of Education released guidance on the impact of the fiscal year (FY) 2011 long-term continuing resolution (CR) on the Pell Grant Program for award year 2011-12. The letter confirms that the long-term CR eliminates second scheduled Pell awards beginning with award year 2011-12, but also maintains a maximum award of $5,550 for the upcoming academic year.
FY2011 Spending Bill Eliminates Year-Round Pell and LEAP
April 12, 2011 -- Congress has not released the full text of the fiscal year (FY) 2011 spending bill, but additional details released early this morning show that year-round Pell and the Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Program would be eliminated.
How Pell Is Funded for the 2011-12 Award Year
Congress appropriated roughly $69 billion in discretionary funds for all U.S. Department of Education (ED) programs for fiscal year (FY) 2011 and one-third of those funds ($23 billion) will be spent on Pell Grants, according an issue brief by the New America Foundation.
How the FY2011 Spending Bill Impacts Student Aid Programs
April 13, 2011 -- The FY2011 spending bill -- known as a continuing resolution (CR) -- maintains the $5,550 maximum Pell Grant for the 2011-12 award year but also includes cuts.
Probable Suspension of Crossover Regulations for Summer 2011
April 12, 2011 -- The continuing resolution (CR) for fiscal year (FY) 2011 rescinds crossover regulations – as specified in 34 C.F.R. 690.64(b) – with respect to 2011 crossover periods.
Senate Votes Down Spending Bill Containing Pell Cuts

March 11, 2011  - The Senate voted 56 to 44 yesterday to defeat H.R. 1, a seven-month fiscal year (FY) 2011 spending bill passed by the House on Feb. 19.  that would have cut 2011-12 Pell Grant awards by as much as $845 -- more than 15 percent -- and would have eliminated funding for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). 

Seventh 2011 Stop-Gap Spending Bill Spares Student Aid
April 5, 2011 -- House Republicans introduced another short-term fiscal year (FY) 2011 spending bill to fund the government through April 15. The bill generally maintains funding federal student aid programs.
White House Says FY2011 Budget Deal Would Maintain 2011-12 Maximum Pell
April 11, 2011 -- The Obama administration says a deal on a fiscal year (FY) 2011 spending bill between Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-CA) would not reduce the 2011-12 maximum Pell grant and would allow implementation of gainful employment regulations.
Year-Round Pell After the Continuing Resolution
April 15, 2011 -- The FY2011 continuing resolution (CR) eliminates two Pells in an award year beginning with the second scheduled award for the 2011-12 academic year, so schools should still be able to award second Pells from the 2010-11 award year for summer 2011 payment periods that either end before July 1, or that cross over July 1 and are placed in the 2010-11 award year.