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Pell Grant

A grant that the federal government offers to students based on financial need. A Pell grant may be used to pay for education expenses (up to $5,500 in 2010-2011) for a first bachelor's degree. One must file a FAFSA to become eligible for a Pell grant.
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Pell Grants are awarded based on a complicated formula.
As part of the Administration's commitment to create a fairer, more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on communities, the Department announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program to test new models to allow individuals incarcerated in federal or state penal institutions to receive Pell Grants and pursue a postsecondary education with the goal of helping them get jobs, support their families, and turn their lives around.
During the reauthorization process, the AACC would like to see year-round Pell Grants restored as well as a return of the ability-to-benefit program, which allowed students who had not obtained a GED to go to college.
The Obama administration has expanded the availability of Pell grants and supported a tax credit for tuition costs, but the study says the amount of the maximum Pell grant award has not kept up with the rising cost of college.
Her first proposal calls for creating more on-campus jobs for students, which she said could be done by tying a portion of students' Pell Grants, the federal need-based financial aid program, to work done on campus.
In this forum, Isabel Sawhill, co-director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project at the Brookings Institution, calls for conditioning Pell Grants on both financial need and the likelihood of college completion.
3 million community college students received Pell Grants in the 2011-12 award year, including 48 percent of all full-time students.
Stable funding of federal Pell Grants, one of the nation's main financial aid programs for low-income students, would increase affordability and accessibility, according to many groups with a stake in higher education.
Michael Locke, provided insights on the Rethinking Pell Grants report released by the College Board.
House appropriators would make devastating structural changes to Pell Grant eligibility and would cut Pell Grants by $44 billion over 10 years, an estimated $40 billion coming through the denial of Pell grants for some of the most vulnerable students.
We have data from the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System survey that tell us the percentage of a school's students on Pell Grants, which is a good measure of a school's commitment to educating lower-income kids.
Congress also increased the maximum amount of funding that students can receive for Pell Grants.