NAICU Statement on New Biden $1.85 Trillion “Build Back Better” Plan Boosting Pell Grant

October 28, 2021

This morning the Biden Administration released a new framework for a $1.85 trillion Build Back Better social-spending and climate package, which includes a $550 increase in the Pell Grant maximum award. Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), which is a member of the #DoublePell Alliance, released the following statement:
“Today is a significant day for low- and moderate-income students and families who wish to attend the college or university of their choice and earn a post-secondary degree. The Build Back Better framework released earlier by the White House includes a $550 increase in the Pell Grant maximum award. In a negotiating environment where proposals were being cut or eliminated, this increase signifies the support this proven federal student aid program continues to have among policymakers.
“For nearly 50 years, the Pell Grant has helped students access and afford a higher education, today helping nearly seven million students. President Biden has stated his commitment to doubling the Pell Grant maximum and today’s announcement is a positive step in that direction.  Doubling Pell as part of the post-pandemic recovery will ensure this generation of Americans get the education and training they need to both move up the economic ladder and get the economy working again, while helping America compete in a global economy that demands high skills.
“I am also pleased to see the increased support included in the package for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Minority-Serving Institutions as well as the language making DACA students eligible to receive Pell Grants. These are critically important components of the package that will help vital student populations.
“The steps taken today are important and acknowledge the tremendous grassroots support for programs that help millions of students every year. We look forward to continuing to work with the White House and Congress to see these increases realized. We also stand committed to finishing the journey and furthering our collective efforts toward doubling the Pell Grant maximum award to $13,000.”
- Barbara K. Mistick, D.M.
  President, NAICU

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