Pell Grant Publications and Resources

Pell Grant Publications and Resources

Federal Pell grants help nearly nine million low- and moderate-income Americans attend and complete college and are the cornerstone of our nation's student aid system. The vast majority of Pell recipients have family incomes under $40,000, and they already have to borrow more than others to complete college. For more information about Pell Grants, please read the Congressional Research Service, report "Federal Pell Grant Program of the Higher Education Act: Background, Recent Changes, and Current Legislative Issues," or visit the Save Pell or the U.S. Department of Education's website. Click here for the number of Pell Grant recipients and awards by state.

Fact Sheets

Coalition Letters


TICAS Press Releases and Statements

Fact Sheets

Pell Grants Help Keep College Affordable for Millions of Americans
March 13, 2015 - One-pager on the importance of the Pell Grant program, the impact of recent changes, and projected stability in Pell Grant costs.

An Arbitrary Maximum Income Cap Would Eliminate Pell Grants for Needy Students 
April 1, 2014 - The House Budget Committee's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposes a maximum income cap for Pell Grants, above which students would no longer be eligible for Pell Grants, regardless of their family size or situation. A maximum income cap would cut off Pell Grants from students who, due to family circumstances, require financial assistance to afford college.

Pell Grants Not Linked to Higher Tuition
March 28, 2014 – One-pager responding to claims that Pell Grants are linked to tuition increases. Leading higher education economists agree that there is no clear link between Pell Grants and tuition levels. 

Independent Students Depend on Pell Grants for Access to College
November 16, 2012 - Fact sheet on independent students, with a focus on those who receive Pell Grants.

Impact of the Immediate and Retroactive Lower Lifetime Limit for Pell Grants
June 19, 2012 - In the 2012-13 year alone, the immediate and retroactive lower lifetime limit for Pell Grants will cause more than 100,000 students to lose their Pell Grant. This change, enacted by Congress last year, is expected to disproportionately harm African-American students and students enrolled at public and nonprofit four-year colleges, and will make it harder for students needing remediation to complete.

House FY13 Budget Penalizes Work for Low-Income College Students by Cutting the Income Protection Allowance (IPA)
June 18, 2012 - The House FY13 budget resolution drastically cuts the IPA levels enacted on a bipartisan basis in 2007 to help needy working students. Current IPA levels are near the poverty level, and this rollback would cut Pell Grants by $24 billion over 10 years for millions of students already struggling to cover living expenses and college costs.

House FY13 Budget Increases Uncertainty and Complexity in the Financial Aid Process for Students with Family Incomes over $20,000
July 15, 2012 - The House FY13 budget resolution makes students with family incomes above $20,000 ineligible for an automatic-zero expected family contribution (EFC), rolling back bipartisan changes enacted in 2007. This proposal would add uncertainty and complexity to the financial aid process for needy students, ultimately harming college access.

Expanding the Definition of Income Would Penalize Work, Reduce College Completion, and Increase Complexity
June 18, 2012 - The House majority's FY12 Labor-HHS appropriations bill proposed expanding the definition of income for determining eligibility for Pell Grants and other student financial aid. This change would have cut Pell Grants for needy students by an estimated $13 billion over 10 years, harming college access, completion, and economic growth.

House FY12 Appropriations Bill Cuts Pell Grants by $44 Billion
October 11, 2011 - One-pager on the impact of the House Appropriations Committee FY12 Labor‐HHS bill, which would have cut millions of needy students' Pell Grants, including entirely eliminating grants for more than 550,000 students next year and for more than 1 million students in 2017.

Pell Grant Provisions Prevent Student Abuse
July 18, 2011 - Despite recent discussion of student abuse of federal Pell Grants, there is actually no evidence widespread abuse exists. Any concerns about fraud or abuse should be addressed directly and carefully to avoid harming the millions of needy students who play by the rules.

Coalition Letters

Coalition Letter Urging House and Senate Appropriations Committees to Protect Pell Grant Funding
November 24, 2014 - Letter from education advocates, youth advocates, and the business community urging members of the House and Senate appropriations committees to protect Pell Grant funding during ongoing appropriations negotiations.

Coalition letter urging Sen. Patty Murray, super committee co-chair, to protect the Pell Grant
September 27, 2011 - Letter signed by 55 education, student, civil rights and public policy organizations urging the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to maintain the maximum Pell Grant award.

Coalition letter urging the President to Protect Pell Grants
July 15, 2011 – Letter signed by 62 education, student, civil rights and public policy organizations urging the President to protect Pell Grant awards and eligibility in negotiations over the debt ceiling.

Coalition letter urging Congress to fund Pell Grants at $5,550
April 5, 2011 – Letter urging Congress to maintain the FY 2011 maximum Pell Grant award of $5,550.


Poll: Young Adults Say Higher Education is More Important but Less Affordable 
November 9, 2011 - Young adults of all backgrounds and across the political spectrum oppose proposals to reduce federal financial aid, either by decreasing access to Pell Grants or charging interest on student loans while borrowers are still in school. Instead, they believe Congress should make college and training more affordable, and that it is a key way to strengthen the economy as well.

TICAS Press Releases and Statements

Senate Budget Makes College Affordability a Priority; House Budget Slashes Pell Grants and Student Loans
March 19, 2013

House FY14 Budget Proposal Makes College Less Affordable
March 12, 2013

In Reversal, House Appropriations Bill Funds Pell Grants
July 18, 2012

Bipartisan Senate Agreement Preserves Low Student Loan Interest Rate
June 27, 2012

House Budget Proposal Cuts Pell Grants and Student Loans
March 26, 2012

President's FY13 Budget Makes College Affordability a Priority
February 13, 2012

President Obama Proposes Bold Steps to Ensure College Access and Success
January 27, 2012

House FY2012 Spending Bill Eliminates Pell Grants for More than 100,000 Students Next Year
December 15, 2011

Final Bipartisan Debt Deal Provides $17 Billion for Pell Grants
August 1, 2011

Congress Urged to Continue to Invest in Pell Grants in FY2012
April, 14, 2011

House Budget Committee FY 2012 Budget Plan Cuts Pell Grants by 62%
April 8, 2011

Can Students Count on Pell Grants to Help Pay for College?
President's FY12 Budget Says "Yes" while House FY11 Cuts Say "No
February 14, 2011

House Vote Puts Pell Grants in Peril
January 25, 2011