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Community colleges "essential," DeVos says

2/17/2017

Community colleges are "essential engines" to economic growth in the US, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during an address to education leaders. DeVos promised to work with community college leaders to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and increase the flexibility of Pell Grants.

Would free tuition harm vulnerable students?

2/6/2017

Several states, including New York and Rhode Island, are considering free college tuition proposals. However, critics say such programs may harm low-income students by limiting how they use Pell Grants and other monies.

Where does DeVos stand on higher-ed issues?

1/17/2017

The future of Pell Grants, student debt and community colleges are among the topics some higher-education experts hope the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will cover during today's confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, nominated for US secretary of education.

Support grows for year-round Pell Grants

11/8/2016

In a letter to House appropriations leaders, 120 Democratic lawmakers voiced their support for the restoration of a year-round Pell Grant for college students. While such a move to restore the funding has garnered wide bipartisan support, advocates say passage during a lame-duck Congress is not likely.

Lawmaker seeks action on Pell Grants

10/7/2016

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is asking the US Department of Education to use a provision in the Higher Education Act to restore Pell Grant eligibility to students who attended now-defunct for-profit colleges and universities. Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan had said students could not "restore their eligibility for Pell grants."

Pilot program taps federal grants for nontraditional training

8/17/2016

Students will be able to pay for nontraditional training programs using federal Pell Grants and loans under the new Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships program. The pilot program connects colleges with coding boot camps and online programs to help graduates get jobs.

Grants piloted for students in nontraditional training programs

8/17/2016

Students will be able to pay for nontraditional training programs using federal Pell Grants and loans under the new Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships program. The pilot program connects colleges with coding boot camps and online programs to help graduates get jobs.

GOP budget proposals take aim at federal grants for college students

7/18/2016

A budget proposal by Republicans in the US House of Representatives would reduce spending on federal Pell Grants and eliminate subsidies on Stafford Loans. Critics say such moves, along with loan refinancing proposals from presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, would adversely affect low-income students.

White House initiative provides Pell Grants to prison inmates

6/27/2016

A $30 million White House initiative will provide Pell Grants to about 12,000 inmates who want to pursue a college education. The inmates will be eligible to use the grants at 67 participating community colleges and four-year institutions.

White House initiative provides Pell Grants to prison inmates

6/24/2016

A new $30 million White House initiative will provide Pell Grants to about 12,000 inmates who want to pursue a college education. The inmates will be eligible to use the grants at 67 participating community- and four-year colleges.