Statement on Bipartisan Senate Agreement to Cut $1.2 Billion from Pell Grant Program while Restoring Year-Round Grants

June 9, 2016
Statement of Lauren Asher

Senate appropriators approved a bipartisan spending bill that takes $1.2 billion away from the Pell Grant program to fund other programs. This decision to use Pell dollars for purposes unrelated to college affordability crosses a troubling line. While the bill also restores access to year-round Pell Grants, we agree with leading members of Congress that this $1.2 billion raid is "too steep of a price to pay."