Is doubling the Pell Grant the best way to increase higher ed access?
Reported by Inside Higher Ed, while the Pell Grant (which currently provides $6,495 of need-based aid a year) used to cover nearly 80% of the cost of college for lower-income students, rising college costs mean that it now covers less than a third.
And while free college for all is a highly politicized concept, increasing Pell aid for high-need students is something that is more likely to receive a higher level of bipartisan support.
The takeaway? Can you imagine what a doubling of the Pell Grant would do to higher ed’s enrollment opportunities? One could even argue that there’s no better use of our time than helping our local politicians help figure out how to get this passed.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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