Republican budget cuts students from Pell grant program

Mar 28, 2012 Issues: Education, Higher Education


WASHINGTON – Democrats on the House Education and the Workforce Committee today released new data that illustrates the detrimental effects the Republican budget would have on students seeking access to higher education in each state. 

The Republican budget would cut 400,000 students from the Pell Grant program in the 2013-2014 school year. Their budget rolls back a key improvement to the program authored by Democrats that indexed the maximum award to inflation and eliminates other protections for low-income students. Under current law, the maximum Pell Grant award is projected to increase to $5,635 for the 2013-2014 school year. The Republican plan freezes the award at $5,550. 

For more on the effects of the Republican budget on federal Pell Grants by state, click here.