We’ve got mixed news and downright bad news regarding Congress and student aid.
Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the Labor-HHS-Education budget bill. The good news is they recommend increasing the maximum Pell grant by $250 to $7,645. The bad news is they cut Federal Work Study and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) by $10 million each – SEOG provides up to $4,000 in additional support for Pell Grant recipients, who are the most economically disadvantaged students.
On the House side, there is no good news. The House Appropriations Committee proposes leaving Pell Grants flat, and entirely eliminates funding for Federal Work Study and SEOG.
Our friends at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities produced the following video which underscores the importance of maintaining funding for these programs. Feel free to share this video far and wide.