Congress votes to restore year-round Pell

Earlier this week, the United States Congress voted to restore eligibility for year-round Pell Grants.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri was instrumental in getting the legislation passed. It’s estimated that 20,000 students at Missouri colleges and universities who take classes year-round would receive an additional $1,650 per year, on average, to help pay for college.

“Restoring year-round Pell Grants is a bipartisan, common-sense approach to making college more affordable for hardworking students in Missouri and across the nation,” Blunt said. “By allowing full and part-time students to receive an additional Pell Grant during the year, often for a summer session, we’re helping them stay on track for graduation, enter or re-enter the workforce sooner, and graduate with less debt.”

Currently, many full-time students and some part-time students exhaust their full benefit after two semesters. Restoring year-round Pell will help an estimated one million students stay enrolled in classes throughout the year, which will lower their tuition costs and accelerate completion of their degree program.

Senator Blunt personally called several community college leaders in advance of the vote to share the Senate’s progress.

“We were extremely pleased to hear from Senator Blunt about the momentum on this legislation,” Rob Dixon, MCCA President and CEO said. “This is a major federal priority for our colleges, and it will help thousands of our students.”

The Pell restoration was included in the omnibus appropriations bill, which funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. 

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