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Each year, the Pell Grant program enables more than three million community college students with financial need to pay for tuition, books, transportation, and living expenses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Expanding Educational Opportunity for Incarcerated Students through Second Chance Pell
Community colleges are leading advocates to repeal the ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated students, which has been in place since 1994.
Increasing the Pell Maximum Award – An Imperative to Meet Students’ True College Costs
Pell grants are often referred to as the cornerstone of federal financial aid, as they help make college education affordable for students from low and moderate-income families. However, the purchasing power of the Pell grant has been steadily decreasing since 1972 when it covered over 70 percent of a student’s college costs. Today, the maximum Pell award covers around 30 percent of a student’s postsecondary education expenses.
Improving Access and Affordability of Workforce Training with Short-Term Pell
In today’s economy, more than 80 percent of jobs require some form of education or training beyond the high school level.
Senate Pell Approps Letter for FY 2017
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Other Advocacy Resources
This section contains legislative fact sheets and summaries, ACCT's position letters to Congress and the Administration, and more.
Fact Sheets and Summaries
Fact sheets and summaries of federal legislation or regulations impacting community colleges.
Letters to Congress & the Administration
ACCT expresses the organization’s view on pending legislation and regulations and the potential effects on community colleges.