New bill could expand Pell Grants to high school students

Madison Rexroat

A new bill introduced last week would allow low-income high school students to earn college credit – while still in high school – through Pell Grant funds.

Though taking college credit courses as a high school class isn’t new, the bill will reimburse colleges that offer high school programs for the tuition of qualifying students.

The bill, though initially proposed and rejected in 2015, follows President Trump’s proposal to cut the Pell Grant by nearly $3.9 billion. The Pell Grant is the Department of Education’s largest expenditure, totaling $28.2 billion in the 2015-16 academic year.

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