On Friday, April 15, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal, which seeks to shred the Pell Grant program. These grants have enabled millions of economically disadvantaged Americans to realize their dreams of a college education and brighten their prospects for the future.
Rep. Ryan’s proposal wouldn’t just skim a little off the top. Experts anticipate that it would reduce the maximum Pell Grant award by up to 60 percent – from $5,500 per year to as low as $2,100. And since colleges across the country are raising tuitions, such cuts would be catastrophic for many students. Consider this: In 1980, the maximum Pell grant covered most of the cost to attend a four-year public college. By 2007, it covered less than one third – an historic low.
Tell your congressional representative that these are cuts America can’t afford. Don’t delay!