For Immediate Release
Higher Education Advocate
Congress Acts to Stave Off Student Aid Cuts
WASHINGTON - Statement of U.S. PIRG Higher
Education Advocate Rich Williams on last night’s vote in the House
of Representatives, 193- 165 to pass a budget extension, or continuing
resolution, which fully funds the nation's
premier student aid program, the Pell grant.
“Congress did the right thing by maintaining current levels of funding
for the nearly 9 million students currently receiving the Pell Grant. Without
the additional $5.7 billion in aid to ensure the Pell grant maximum remains
at $5,550, students with the most financial need would have seen a $845
reduction in their aid next year.
“At a time when our nation’s recovering workforce will soon need
as many trained professionals as possible, a cut in student aid would have
had dire consequences for job training and higher education.
“The continuing resolution only funds the Pell Grant program through
March 4, when education groups expect to rally once again to maintain current
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