House FY18 Spending Bill Cuts Pell Grants by $3.3 Billion and Freezes Maximum Pell Grant

July 12, 2017
Statement of Jessica Thompson

The House FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill cuts $3.3 billion from Pell Grants and freezes grant amounts. The Pell Grant is our nation’s most effective investment for ensuring equitable access to higher education, and plays a critical role in reducing the already high debt burden for low- and middle income students. These proposals to undermine the Pell Grant are grossly out of step with the goal of growing a robust, educated, and competitive workforce.