Doubling Down on Doubling the Pell Grant

As the nation rebuilds from the economic downturn brought on by COVID-19, current and incoming students will require additional financial support to help pay for college. One clear option is to double down on the one mechanism we already have in federal law designed to target funding to low-income students by doubling the maximum Pell Grant award available to students. Pell Grants are the foundation of our national investment in higher education, and they help pave the way for nearly 7 million low- and middle-income students to attend and complete college. However, the current maximum Pell Grant covers less than one-third of the cost of attending a four-year college. To boost the grant’s purchasing power and help make college an option for more students who are currently in crisis, Congress should invest in and protect the Pell Grant program.

More than 1,200 organizations and institutions support doubling the Pell Grant.

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Speak Directly with Experts Working to Make this Happen

Matt Owens
Association of American Universities (AAU)

Lindsey Tepe
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)

Viviann Anguiano
Center for American Progress

Janette Martinez
Excelencia in Education

Julie Peller
Higher Learning Advocates

Mamie Voight

Wayne Taliaferro

Carrie Warick
National College Attainment Network

Reid Setzer
The Education Trust

Michele Streeter
The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)

Tamara Hiler
Third Way

Lodriguez Murray

Kyle Southern
Young Invincibles