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The Center Petitions Congress to Protect Pell Funding

#DoublePell Alliance / June 29, 2023

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Pell Grants allow more than six million low- and middle-income students — including nearly 60 percent of Black undergraduates and almost half of Latino undergraduates — to attend college each year, serving a critical boost in affordability for students who would not otherwise be able to attend college. 

The Pell Grant reserve should remain available for use in the Pell Grant program now and in the future. According to the Department of Education, 600,000 more students will become eligible for Pell Grants in FY 2025 with the implementation of the FAFSA Simplification Act of 2020. Maintaining the reserve now will ensure funding is available to expand Pell Grants, as Congress intended.