Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act June 16, 2021 Section 1 Content“We applaud Senators Hirono and Murray and Representatives Pocan and Scott for introducing the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act. This exceptionally important legislation would ensure that Pell Grants will truly put college within the reach of millions of talented students.We know that doubling the maximum Pell Grant to $13,000 and making Dreamers eligible is the quickest and most effective way to boost the ability of millions of students from low- and moderate-income families to access an affordable, high-quality college education.Nearly 90 percent of Pell Grant dollars go to students with a family income below $50,000, and they are especially critical for students of color. Pell Grants help nearly seven million low- and moderate-income students attend and complete college annually, but the purchasing power of the grant is at an all-time low. Nearly 50 years ago, the maximum grant covered more than three-quarters of the cost of attending a four-year public college. Now, thanks to state budget cuts, it covers less than one-third of that cost.Students from all 50 states and all corners of the country—from rural areas to cities to everywhere in between—rely on the Pell Grant program to pursue their college aspirations. The Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act will dramatically boost access and opportunity for those and future students and their families, and will make needed improvements to secure the future of the program. We look forward to working with members of the House and Senate and the Biden administration to enact this vital legislation.” Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Media Contact Jon Riskind Email:email@example.com Telephone:(202) 939-9453 Button Content Rail Content 1 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related Podcast September 21, 2023 A government shutdown is looming on the horizon, and ACE’s Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer are back to answer your questions and break down what this means for the higher education community, as well as other issues on this fall’s policy agenda. Read More Podcast September 21, 2023 dotEDU Live: What’s on the Policy Agenda for Higher Ed This Fall? Issue Brief September 14, 2023 Government shutdowns, or at least the threat of a shutdown, are increasingly common. How does a shutdown impact both the country in general and higher education institutions specifically? 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