Legislative Tracker: Pell Grants

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For Pell Grant proposals from the previous session of Congress, visit the Legislative Tracker Archive: Pell Grants

*NEW* To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to discontinue certain administrative cost allowances, and for other purposes.
HR 1767 Sponsor:
Rep. Russell (R-OK)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
3/28/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would eliminate the Pell Grant Program administrative cost allowance, funds financial aid offices use for administering the program.
       
*NEW* Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students Act
HR 1485 Sponsor:
Rep. Stefanik (R-NY)
Co-Sponsors:
28 (15 R; 13 D)
Introduced:
3/9/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This piece of legislation, reintroduced in 2017, was introduced in 2015 as part of a package of bills introduced by House Republicans as the basis for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. This bill would reinstate the year-round Pell Grant award, or "Summer Pell." Under this bill, a student could receive up to 150% of his or her scheduled award during an award year; however, a student must be using the additional scheduled award to "accelerate" his or her program of study. “Accelerate” would mean that the total number of credits (or equivalent) earned during the previous payment periods in the award year plus the credits in which the student enrolls during the additional payment period together must exceed the number of credits in the institution’s definition of academic year for the student’s program of study. 
       
Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act
HR 949 Sponsor:
Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Co-Sponsors:
21 (9 R; 12 D)
Introduced:
2/7/2017
Sponsor:
Sen. Casey (D-PA)
Co-Sponsors:
3 (2 R; 1 D)
Introduced:
3/9/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow students who are less than 24 years old or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of a death of a parent or guardian who died in the line of duty as a police officer, firefighter, or other public safety officer to receive the maximum Pell Grant award. 
 
All-Year ACCESS Act
HR 813 Sponsor:
Rep. Sanchez (D-CA)
Co-Sponsors:
70 (0 R; 70 D)
Introduced:
2/1/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The bill would restore the year-round Pell Grant (permitting access to a second scheduled Pell Grant award) to both part-time and full-time students. Under this legislation, a student may only receive up to 150% of the annual maximum award, the additional Pell Grant counts toward the student's lifetime eligibility, and institutions determine the assignment of crossover periods.
 
Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act
S. 206  Sponsor:
Sen. Kaine (D-VA)
Co-Sponsors:
1 (1 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
1/24/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow Pell Grant funds to be used for short-term job training programs at an institution of higher education. The maximum award for a job training Pell Grant would be 50% of the current maximum award amount and would not be subject to the annual inflation adjustment to the maximum award, meaning in award year 2017-2018, a hypothetical job training Pell Grant would have a maximum award of $2,430.
 
Early Pell Promise Act
HR 413 Sponsor:
Rep. Lawrence (D-MI)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
1/10/2017
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would create an “Early Federal Pell Grant Commitment Program,” which would be administered by state educational agencies.  The initiative would provide a two-year Pell Grant commitment for use at an institution of higher education to qualifying 8th grade students on the basis of their eligibility for free or reduced lunch. A student would not receive a Pell Grant for the second year of the commitment if the expected family contribution were more than twice the threshold amount for Pell Grant eligibility for that year. Students in the program are automatically eligible for the maximum Pell Grant award for that award year. This legislation is modeled after the Kalamazoo Promise program in Michigan.

 

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Publication Date: 4/4/2017


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