On July 19, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill that cuts $3.3 billion from Pell Grants, raiding funds needed to help millions of low- and moderate-income students attend and complete college. The bill also freezes Pell Grant award amounts for the first time in six years -- a move that will cause the value of the maximum grant to sink to a new historic low. Pell Grants are our nation’s most effective investment for ensuring equitable access to higher education, and are an integral part of growing a robust workforce. Rather than increasing grant sizes to help millions of Americans struggling to get ahead in today’s economy, this bill adds insult to injury by piling on to the $1.3 billion cut in May for a $4.6 billion total cut to Pell Grants.
July 19, 2017