Federal Role in College Affordability

Federal Grants

Pell Grants 

  • 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.

  • Should it be necessary to find savings from the Pell Grant Program, prioritize funding for the neediest individuals, and focus changes in a manner that will have minimal impact on average award size and number of recipients.
Campus-Based Financial Aid Programs and Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)
  • Support continued funding for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) and Perkins Loan Program.

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