Tell Congress: Don’t Slash Pell Grants or Block Gainful Employment Rule

Tell Congress: Don't Slash Pell Grants or Block Gainful Employment Rule

Congress needs to hear from you today - House to vote this week!

Drastic Pell Grant Cuts Proposed in House: Our last email update warned you about threats in the U.S. House of Representatives to slash funding for Pell Grants. Late on Friday, the House majority followed through on those threats when it unveiled H.R. 1, which makes drastic cuts to the current year's federal budget (fiscal year 2011). This bill cuts the maximum Pell Grant for students this fall by at least $845 and eliminates an additional $56 billion in mandatory Pell funding over the next 10 years.

These cuts would reduce or eliminate crucial Pell Grants for more than 8 million students, making it impossible for many to start or stay in school. The bill also cuts funding for other important programs that help first-generation, low-income and minority students get to and through college.

Controversial Amendment Would Block Gainful Employment Rule: Our last email update also told you about the broad and diverse support for a strong gainful employment rule. The pending rule would prevent taxpayer-funded federal financial aid from going to wasteful career education programs - for-profit, nonprofit, or public -- that consistently leave students buried in debt they can't repay. But a controversial amendment to H.R. 1 would block any gainful employment rule and force the Department of Education to turn a blind eye to waste, fraud and abuse while students and taxpayers are left holding the bill.

These harmful proposals are being debated in the House this week. CALL OR EMAIL NOW to ask him or her to preserve the maximum Pell Grant and protect students and taxpayers from rip-off career education programs.

For background, see our statement on the contrast between the drastic Pell Grant cuts in the House majority's FY11 budget proposal and the prioritization of college affordability in President Obama's FY12 budget. Also see the latest letter from more than 45 civil rights, student, consumer, veterans and college access groups that support a strong gainful employment rule, and see fact sheet on the harmful amendment that would block this important reform.

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