From the Web: Senate Bill Includes Revival of Pell Grant Eligibility

9/15/2017 1:09 PM

The appropriations package, awaiting a vote by the full U.S. Senate, increases the grant amount and restores access to the funds for student loan borrowers.


A funding bill approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations this month revives eligibility for Pell Grants issued to student loan borrowers, Inside Higher Ed reports.

The committee’s vote increases the maximum amount of the Pell Grant to $6,020. “It also restores Pell eligibility to student borrowers who were defrauded or misled by their institution and were approved to have their student loan cleared through a borrower defense claim,” according to the article.

The bill language also asks for updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. It is different from the spending bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote in the full U.S. Senate, according to Inside Higher Ed.

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