Senate Spending Bill Increases Pell Grants by $100, but Also Cuts Pell Funding by $2.6B

September 6, 2017
Statement of Jessica Thompson

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee voted on a bipartisan basis to approve a Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) spending plan that increases the maximum Pell Grant by $100 (from $5,920 to $6,020) for the 2018-19 year. This 1.7% increase will help offset the loss of the grant’s annual inflation adjustment, which expires this year. TICAS and many others have for months urged appropriators to do exactly this, including in a letter sent yesterday by over 70 groups representing students, veterans, colleges, consumers, financial aid administrators, college access professionals, scholarship providers, education advocates, civil rights advocates, workers, and the business community.