Minnesota College Access Network (MCAN) joins the National College Access Network in urging Congress to protect Pell grants at its maximum level of funding at $5,550. “In Minnesota, the proposed reduction will cost our state $93,300 in financial aid for the students most in need,” says Amanda Ziebell-Finley of MCAN. “It is critical that funding for the Pell Grants remain at its current level to allow all of our students access to the education they deserve.”
“Pell Grants have served as the cornerstone of college opportunity for our lowest income students,” Kim Cook, executive director of the National College Access Network, said. “The proposed cut of $845, roughly the amount of a semester of community college tuition, will threaten college attendance and graduation for thousands of students.”
The delay of this decision is further detrimental to students because colleges are unable to make final financial aid offers. Many students may have to decide where to go to college without knowing how much financial aid they will receive, creating uncertainty and potential financial.
For more information on Pell Grant funding, visit the MNCollegeAccess.org web site at http://www.mncollegeaccess.org/Protect_Pell_Grant_Funding.html