President Jane Close Conoley Joins Others in Asking Congress to Retain Pell Grant Purchasing Power
Inflationary index set to expire if Congress fails to act
LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 25, 2017) – Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley today joined more than 300 heads of institutions and organizations in sending a letter calling upon Congress to take action to maintain the annual indexation of Pell Grants to inflation.
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 25, 2017) – Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley today joined more than 300 heads of institutions and organizations in sending a letter calling upon Congress to take action to maintain the annual indexation of Pell Grants to inflation. The Pell Grant helps low income students pay for the costs of their college education.
“The Pell Grant is vitally important to student success at the Beach. Fifty-seven percent of our undergraduate student population receives a Pell Grant to help pay for tuition, fees and books, among other things. That’s more than 17,000 students who are progressing toward a college degree as a result of the Pell program,” said Conoley. “Looking ahead a few years, we also know that the ability to pay for college is a top concern for nearly every Long Beach parent. If Congress fails to take action, the Pell Grant will lose its purchasing power, forcing families and future students to take on more debt or work longer hours, extending the time it will take them to complete a college education and shift into a well-paying job.”
The letter to Congress in support of maintaining the inflationary index was written and organized by Education Trust, a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education announced it would allow students to apply for, and receive, a Pell Grant during the summer session, or year-round. That was considered a partial victory by many public higher education advocates, including the California State University.
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