Responding to recent reports regarding a proposal before the Senate Labor HHS Appropriations Subcommittee to shift $2 billion out of the Pell Grant funding surplus and divert that money to other programs, NASFAA joined other members of the student aid advocacy community in expressing opposition to this action. While there are certainly many other important programs that Congress has a duty and responsibility to fund, weakening Pell in pursuit of that goal is undoubtedly shortsighted.
NASFAA has signed onto two letters of support for preserving and protecting Pell funding, which can be viewed here and here, and has communicated directly with the staffs of Democratic appropriators in both the Senate and the House to share our concerns. Beyond these immediate actions, NASFAA staff plans to keep a close watch on this issue and will share any updates through Today’s News.
Publication Date: 11/26/2014