Monday, July 18, 2011

Share your story and help Save Pell

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Help Save Pell: Tell Your Story

On behalf of the millions of students who depend on Pell Grants to afford higher education, we thank you for asking President Obama to say NO to decreasing the maximum Pell award, or to changing the program’s eligibility requirements. America cannot afford for a deficit reduction agreement to be brokered at the expense of working-class students who are trying to earn their way into the middle class.

The Education Trust's goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people to life on the margins. We believe Pell Grants are critical to achieving this goal.

Keep in mind:

  • Nearly 10 million students rely on Pell to be able to afford higher education — and nearly half of all African-American undergraduates and 40 percent of Latino undergraduates are Pell recipients.
  • Thirty years ago, the maximum Pell award was equivalent to about three-fourths of the cost to attend a public four-year college. Today, it covers only about one-third.
  • Pell has already taken its fair share of hits on behalf of debt reduction. Earlier this year, billions were slashed from the program when the government eliminated summer Pell awards.

But these data only tell part of the story. Are you a Pell success story? Were you able to graduate from college because of funding you got from the Pell Grant program? Or do you currently receive Pell support and worry that cuts to the program could force you to drop out?

Tell us your story and help us put a face on the fight to Save Pell.

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