Sen. Blunt gets Congress to consider increasing Pell Grant maximum

Last week, Senate appropriations approved a bill that would increase the maximum award for Pell grants by 1.7 percent.

MCCA and other community colleges had lobbied for either an increase in the Pell Grant maximum or funding for short-term training via Pell Grants. Sen. Roy Blunt led the effort to pass the increase.

The increase will use funds from the program’s reserves, and is part of the spending package that funds the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.

With the increase, the new Pell Grant maximum will be $6,020, roughly $100 more than the previous aid cycle.

Senator Roy Blunt was instrumental in getting the increase passed. Blunt is a longtime supporter of community colleges, and recently aided in the passage of legislation to restore year-round Pell grants.
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