When state budgets are tight, Pell Grants can indirectly give states more financial flexibility to support the success of innovative state and local ideas. Conversely, cuts to Pell, or the failure to maintain current provisions such as tying the value of it to inflation, can have lasting negative impacts on the success of state postsecondary initiatives. This brief is designed to show examples of these linkages that may not be initially clear to policymakers.
The deeply damaging federal budget Congress consider soon after returning from recess threatens families and communities by making cuts to crucial federal programs and a sharp retrenchment in funding to states.
U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee is voting on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) funding bill for fiscal year 2018 (FY18). The bill proposed by the Appropriations Committee majority in the House allocates a total of $156 billion, which is $5 billion below an already-insufficient FY17 baseline. These deep cuts would be cruel and devastating to programs that support the economic security of children, families, and individuals of modest means, while also slashing investments in America’s future.
This brief is designed to give advocates tools for understanding how the Pell grant program supports low-income students, who these students are, and the broader anti-poverty implications of underfunding this program.
For years, Pell grants have been the foundation of financial aid for low-income students seeking postsecondary education. These grants are among the many anti-poverty efforts that have struggled as Congress has slashed funding for federal programs, particularly those included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) budget allocation. To make matters worse, President Trump proposes even deeper and more unacceptable cuts to important programs for low-income people in his fiscal year 2018 budget.
A new brief from CLASP examines how California is aligning education and training opportunities for people who are currently or formerly incarcerated. This is the first brief in our series “Reconnecting Justice in the States,” which will explore coordinated justice, education, and workforce policy and practice at the state level. It is part of CLASP’s continued commitment to leverage criminal justice reform to expand economic opportunity and help achieve racial equity.
Pell is the largest source of federal financial support for postsecondary education for students who demonstrate the greatest need. In addition to economic constraints, Pell Grant recipients are often caring for dependents, returning to school to build their skills, and/or working while enrolled. These students are disproportionately people of color.