Education Department Implements Year-Round Pell Grants

"The Trump administration on Monday issued guidance for how colleges and universities should implement an expansion of Pell grant eligibility for low-income students," Politico's Morning Education reports
 
"The guidance says colleges and universities may begin granting an extra semester's worth of Pell grants to students beginning with the 2017-18 financial aid award year that starts on July 1. Congress included a restoration of year-round Pell eligibility — sometimes referred to as 'summer Pell' — in the omnibus government funding bill that President Donald Trump signed into law earlier this year. Read more.
 
— 'This decision is about empowering students and giving them the flexibility and support needed to achieve their goals,' DeVos said in a statement. 'Expanding access to the Pell program, so that students who need additional resources can graduate more quickly and with less debt, is the right thing to do.'
 
— Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, praised the Education Department for finalizing the year-round Pell guidance so quickly. Draeger said in an email to Morning Education that the directive to colleges 'looks promising,' even though the department 'appears to have jumped the gun' with some provisions of the guidance that 'would be best left to an upcoming negotiated rulemaking.' Nonetheless, Draeger said he’s 'optimistic' about working with the department to implement year-round Pell 'without creating unnecessary complexities that plagued the program and eroded support for it last time around.'"
 
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Publication Date: 6/21/2017

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