Education advocates say a Trump administration plan to use federal Pell Grant money to fund space exploration would jeopardize aid for future college students and could trigger a budgeting crisis...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration wants to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA to return American astronauts to...
Arkansas program allows inmates to receive degrees
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A unique group of graduates is getting first crack at a second chance.
Last month, 25 inmates and parolees received associates of the arts degrees in ceremonies at the Arkansas Department of Correction unit in Wrightsville. The degrees were obtained through the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, a program launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015 and designed to reduce rates of recidivism among former inmates.
Think tank remembering the late Democratic US Sen. Pell
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A think tank is remembering the late Democratic U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell's legacy.
The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy in Newport wrote about Pell because Thursday is the centennial of his birth.
Pell was born Nov. 22, 1918, in New York City. He represented Rhode Island in the Senate for 36 years and was the force behind a grant program that has helped many Americans attend college.
Community college transfers included in UNH program
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire is expanding a tuition-free program for qualifying students who transfer to the school from the state's community college system.
The program has helped 800 first-year students studying on the Durham and Manchester campuses. It guarantees New Hampshire students who receive federal Pell grants pay no tuition to attend the university. It is now being offered to new graduates of the community college system.
Some students face low-income life at UMN
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota sophomore Samantha Truesdell fills her planner with meticulous notes every day.
She organizes everything, from tracking her bills — rent, tuition, insurance and others — to planning her upcoming paychecks and weekly schedules.
Hicks column: South Carolina education policy involves grabbing a shovel
All you need to understand South Carolina education policy is a 10-second clip of Ted Knight in "Caddyshack."
In one scene from that classic film, poor caddy Danny Noonan tells Judge Smails — played by Knight — that, “It looks like my folks won’t have enough money to put me through college.”
Without missing a beat, the judge says, “Well, the world needs ditch diggers, too.”
UMaine System to offer free tuition to some students
ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System has announced a new program that will allow some first-year students to attend school at its smaller campuses for free.
The program is available at the campuses in Presque Isle, Fort Kent, Augusta and Machias. It will begin in Fall 2018 and apply to Maine residents who are first-year, full-time students and who are eligible for a Pell Grant, a need-based subsidy from the federal government.
More than 400 UNH students attending tuition-free
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — More than 400 incoming University of New Hampshire students are attending the school tuition-free this fall.
The students, who receive federal Pell grants, are getting assistance through the Granite Guarantee program.
They are part of an incoming undergraduate class of about 3,000, up from about 2,900 last year.
Mizzou announces new grants for low-income students
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri in Columbia plans to guarantee payment of all tuition and fees for every student who qualifies for a federal Pell Grant, with even more financial help for students who qualify for the Honors College.
A Trump budget plan to slash Pell Grant funding will hurt needy students, Mark E. Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system warned a congressional committee in a letter sent Tuesday.
The message comes in advance of a hearing on the Trump Administration’s budget before the full Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. The proposal would eliminate the annual inflation adjustment for Pell Grant awards.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A cosmetology school's owner has been convicted of charges she forged and falsified students' financial aid records to steal more than $100,000 in federal grant money.
A federal jury on Thursday found 58-year-old Alden Hall guilty of charges of theft of government funds, fraudulently obtaining financial assistance funds and money laundering.
The Baton Rouge resident is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30. Her trial lasted four days.
Year-round Pell Grants to be available this year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pell Grants for low-income college students can now be used for summer studies.
The U.S. Education Department announced Monday that year-round Pell Grants will be available starting July 1, allowing students to take summer classes and graduate sooner.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the decision "is about empowering students and giving them the flexibility and support needed to achieve their goals."
MISSOULA — It's a whopping 1 percent.
Montana awards a total of some $130 million a year in financial aid, an amount that includes federal Pell grants, tuition waivers, and scholarships.
Of that total, though, the state itself contributes just $1.6 million — roughly 1 percent — toward need-based aid, according to the Montana Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.
Last week, Congress passed funding legislation that not only kept the federal government open for the rest of year, but also achieved something of vital importance for community college students: It made the Pell Grant program available year-round, rather than just for the traditional academic year of September through May. Senator Thad Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, deserves deep gratitude for his central role in this landmark development. Pell Grants are the primary...
Pell Grants are a federal aid program aimed at helping low-income students fund post-secondary education, including four-year college programs, community colleges, associate degree and certificate programs. Currently, Pell Grants benefit some 8 million students across the country and the maximum annual grant is about $5,800. Funded at around $29 billion a year, Pell Grants are a key tool for the federal government to fund college education for the disadvantaged.
Historically, Pell Grants have enjoyed support on both sides of the aisle. Democrats favor Pell Grants because they mostly benefit the poor, while Republicans back them because they provide students with the flexibility to study at their own pace and graduate earlier. Year-round Pells existed briefly in 2009-2011, but were eliminated mostly due to funding shortages.
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Pell Grants have traditionally been used to fund a student's fall and spring semester studies. When the spring semester was over, the student had to reapply for the next academic year, which started in the fall.
But as more and more students now opt for taking classes over the summer in order to graduate and get a job more quickly, there is demand for year-round Pell Grants, also known as summer Pells.
The Obama administration sought to expend Pell Grants even further. Last year, the Department of Education piloted a program that allowed some 10,000 young people who are attending high schools, but are also taking college-credit classes, to access $20 million in grants.
AP Explains: Could Pell Grants work year-round?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is now considering allowing students to use the grants year-round, rather than just for two semesters in any given year. She raised the possibility during a visit last week to a community college in Florida.
President Donald Trump released his 2018 budget for America on Thursday, and HBCUs will maintain the level of funding they have been given before — in the amount of $492 million.
However, a Washington Post analysis of federal HBCU funding noted that currently combined discretionary spending for the schools was $577 million right now.
“The White House directed questions about the discrepancy to the Education Department, which did not respond to requests for comment,” the article stated.
UNH offers tuition-free program for Pell grant freshmen
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire has a new scholarship program called Granite Guarantee, which will allow full-time, first-year students in the state receiving federal Pell grants to attend the school tuition-free.
Inmates, parolees can take advantage of pilot program
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds of Arkansas inmates and parolees are participating in a three-year federal pilot program that lets state and federal prisoners use financial aid to pay for college.
New Pell Grant program removes barriers
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State University and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are taking part in a new federal program that aims to increase low-income students' access to college.
Starting this semester, about 10,000 high school students across the country can use Pell Grants for dual enrollment courses for the first time. Most students pay for dual enrollment without financial assistance, limiting participation to those who have the ability to pay out of pocket.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three schools in Oklahoma have been chosen to participate in a federal program that will allow eligible inmates to take college courses.
The new Second Chance Pell pilot program, inmates will be allowed to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education, The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/29teqBM ) reports. The goal is to help inmates get jobs when they are released.