July 3, 2014 - This article is the second in a series that will examine various provisions proposed by the Higher Education Affordability Act. The Harkin bill would reinstate year-round Pell Grants for students enrolled in extra payment periods within an award year in order to accelerate their degree program completion. The bill is intended to encourage and incentivize students to enroll and progress on a full-time basis; it is not intended for students who consistently enroll on a part-time basis to “catch up.” It would require a student to have successfully completed a full-time course load prior to receiving the additional Pell award. The total Pell dollars a student may receive in any award year under this provision is limited to 150 percent of the maximum Pell award for that year. Any extra payment periods attended (for which Pell is received) in an award year would still count towards the overall Pell lifetime limit (LEU).
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