Pell Grant Advocacy

AASCU remains a longstanding supporter of the Pell Grant program. Through its advocacy efforts with officials on Capitol Hill and in the administration, as well as its partnerships with other Pell-supporting organizations, AASCU continues to be a leading voice for policies that ensure college access for low-income students.

The AASCU Public Policy Agenda has outlined the asssociation's priorities related to the Pell Grant program  

  • Advocate for sufficient funding to sustain the value of Pell Grant awards by ensuring an appropriations base of $4,860 given the escalating demand for awards. This amount will ensure the path of predictable and continuous growth laid out by President Obama as realized through the passage of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.
  • Focus any restructuring of Pell Grant Program eligibility, in large measure, on income since the program is fundamentally a financially-based access program.
  • Advocate for a provision in American Opportunity Tax Credit that exempts Pell Grants from being applied toward tuition and fees used to determine the tax credit, in order for low income individuals to take full advantage of the credit. 
  • Should it be necessary to find savings from the Pell Grant Program, prioritize funding for the neediest individuals, and focus changes in a manner which will have minimal impact on average award size and number of recipients.

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AASCU Letters to Congress and the Administration
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