Tell Your Senators: Save Pell Grants
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Tell Your Senators: Save Pell Grants

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      Education Trust

The U.S. House of Representatives just did a hatchet job on Pell Grants and, as a consequence, to the dreams of millions of hard-working, low-income students.

In its budget for fiscal year 2012, the House cut the maximum Pell Grant from $5,550 to $3,040.  If the Senate passes the House Pell cuts, it would put college and all that it offers out of reach for millions of students.

Senate action could come as early as this week, so your action TODAY is absolutely critical.

Even today, when the maximum Pell Grant is $5,550, the average low-income family must spend nearly three-quarters of its annual income—on top of all sources of grant aid—to pay for a four-year college. Meanwhile, our wealthiest families only spend 14 percent of their income to cover college costs.

The Pell cut included in the House budget would impact nearly 10 million low-income students and would deny Pell Grants all together to an estimated 1.4 million students.

Not only would the House-approved Pell cuts cripple our nation’s ability to compete in an ever more complex global economy, they represent a giant step away from our most deeply held American values. These cuts would chop the rungs off the ladder of opportunity for millions of hard-working, low-income students.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring this budget up for a vote in the near future. Your senators need to hear your opposition to the House’s budget proposal and its devastating cuts to Pell Grants.

Don’t delay—write to your senators TODAY and tell them: PROTECT OPPORTUNITY & KEEP PELL AT $5,550.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jerry Wells STUART, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      The Pell Grant allowed me to go to a four-year college. Without college, I know I would have no chance of finding a job in my hometown. Thank you in advance for protecting the Pell Grant so that my children will have the same opportunity as I did.

    • Melanie Olson FREELAND, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      Pell has helped me be able to attend college!

    • Susan Livingston SAVOY, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      As a phd student and recipient of a pell grant I can say without a doubt that this is money well spent towards the future of our country.

    • Jonathan Saquisili BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Tuition is getting higher and this is not the chance to bail out on us. If we're the future we need to get help from those that will need us later on. We can't all manage full time jobs and be full time students.

    • Amy Wu BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      I'm just a low class citizen trying to break out of this tax bracket. Yet I'll soon be stripped from the opportunity to become a doctor. I would love to join Doctor's without Borders, one day, it's my long term goal.


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