Why not open up Pell Grants for very short-term credential programs?

Why not open up Pell Grants for very short-term credential programs?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while Pell Grants are still not available to low-income students for very short-term credentials such as eight-week vocational programs, the question is why not?

One angle of skepticism for critics of these proposals is whether or not it’s honest to believe that an 8-week program can truly lift someone into another career and pay grade, and if not, if we should be federally sponsoring a false promise. Especially with the data on Pell Grants for certificate programs under a year long already having been fairly disappointing in terms of the financial change it makes for these students.

The takeaway? Is Pell Grant expansion the best idea we have so far to incentivize social mobility? And as long as we also create built-in accountability for these programs accepting these federal funds, could this be a wonderful new avenue for bringing students into post-secondary pathways?

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.