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Gotham Gazette, New York

An Assignment for the Federal Government: Tackle Student Debt and Expand Educational Opportunity

An Assignment for the Federal Government: Tackle Student Debt and E...

October 01, 2021

Lola W. Brabham, president of Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities; Henry C. “Hank” Foley, president of New York Institute of Technology; Miguel Martinez-Saenz, president of St. Francis College; Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; and Laura Sparks, president of The Cooper Union; write: For nearly 50 years, the Pell Grant has been the centerpiece of federal student aid, helping individuals most in need of financial support to attend the college or university of their choice. Pell Grants help more than 370,000 New York students and their families afford a college education every year. They are proven to be the most effective and equitable investment the federal government can make in students. Simply put, investing in Pell Grants tackles student debt head-on.
Lola W. Brabham, president of Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities; Henry C. “Hank” Foley, president of New York Institute of Technology; Miguel Martinez-Saenz, president of St. Francis College; Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; and Laura Sparks, president of The Cooper Union; write: For nearly 50 years, the Pell Grant has been the centerpiece of federal student aid, helping individuals most in need of financial support to attend the college or university of their choice. Pell Grants help more than 370,000 New York students and their families afford a college education every year. They are proven to be the most effective and equitable investment the federal government can make in students. Simply put, investing in Pell Grants tackles student debt head-on.

October 01, 2021

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Kansas City Star

Substantial Boost to Pell Grants Would Help Students and the Economy Across the Board

Substantial Boost to Pell Grants Would Help Students and the Econom...

September 27, 2021

Amy Bragg Carey, president of Friends University, and Kathleen S. Jagger, president of Newman University, write:  Right now, Congress is weighing whether to update the current level of funding for Pell Grants, which help students most in need attend colleges and technical schools in Kansas and across the nation. One thing the lawmakers should strongly consider is this: If you chart the buying power of Pell Grants over the years, the falling line tells the story of how the grants — the foundation of federal financial aid programs — help students far less than they once did. The statistics add up to this: It’s time to significantly increase Pell Grants and restore the access and opportunity envisioned when the grants were created 50 years ago. Senators and representatives in Washington have the chance — through the budget process this fall — to make education more affordable once again by seriously increasing Pell Grants instead of just making the minimal adjustments they do in most years.
Amy Bragg Carey, president of Friends University, and Kathleen S. Jagger, president of Newman University, write:  Right now, Congress is weighing whether to update the current level of funding for Pell Grants, which help students most in need attend colleges and technical schools in Kansas and across the nation. One thing the lawmakers should strongly consider is this: If you chart the buying power of Pell Grants over the years, the falling line tells the story of how the grants — the foundation of federal financial aid programs — help students far less than they once did. The statistics add up to this: It’s time to significantly increase Pell Grants and restore the access and opportunity envisioned when the grants were created 50 years ago. Senators and representatives in Washington have the chance — through the budget process this fall — to make education more affordable once again by seriously increasing Pell Grants instead of just making the minimal adjustments they do in most years.

September 27, 2021

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Portland Business Journal (OR)

Make College Affordable and Accessible By Doubling the Pell Grant

Make College Affordable and Accessible By Doubling the Pell Grant

September 24, 2021

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities President Brent Wilder writes: From business to government leaders to parents, we can all agree that college should be more affordable for every Oregonian. The key is keeping tuition and fees low, and the best way to do so is by doubling the federal Pell Grant— the cornerstone of student financial aid in the United States. Doubling the Pell Grant is the single most important action Congress can take to increase access to college and make it more affordable for low- and moderate- income learners. 

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities President Brent Wilder writes: From business to government leaders to parents, we can all agree that college should be more affordable for every Oregonian. The key is keeping tuition and fees low, and the best way to do so is by doubling the federal Pell Grant— the cornerstone of student financial aid in the United States. Doubling the Pell Grant is the single most important action Congress can take to increase access to college and make it more affordable for low- and moderate- income learners. 

September 24, 2021

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Telegram & Gazette, MA

The Case for Doubling Pell Grants

The Case for Doubling Pell Grants

September 23, 2021

Francesco C. Cesareo, President, Assumption University writes: As colleges and universities across the nation, and many in the city of Worcester, commence a new academic year, we are collectively reminded of the ubiquitous need for additional financial resources to enable more individuals, specifically those with modest financial means, to obtain a college degree.
Francesco C. Cesareo, President, Assumption University writes: As colleges and universities across the nation, and many in the city of Worcester, commence a new academic year, we are collectively reminded of the ubiquitous need for additional financial resources to enable more individuals, specifically those with modest financial means, to obtain a college degree.

September 23, 2021

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Telegram & Gazette, Worcester, MA

The Case for Doubling Pell Grants

The Case for Doubling Pell Grants

September 17, 2021

Assumption University (MA) President Francesco C. Cesareo writes:  As colleges and universities across the nation, and many in the city of Worcester, commence a new academic year, we are collectively reminded of the ubiquitous need for additional financial resources to enable more individuals, specifically those with modest financial means, to obtain a college degree. Since 1972, federal financial aid in the form of Pell Grants has provided transformational opportunities to countless students in their pursuit of a college degree. Nearly 90 percent of Pell Grant funds benefit students with a family income below $50,000 across all races and ethnicities. These federal grants are an essential bridge to a college degree for students with a demonstrated financial need. For many, Pell Grants are the difference between pursuing a college degree and abandoning that dream. 
Assumption University (MA) President Francesco C. Cesareo writes:  As colleges and universities across the nation, and many in the city of Worcester, commence a new academic year, we are collectively reminded of the ubiquitous need for additional financial resources to enable more individuals, specifically those with modest financial means, to obtain a college degree. Since 1972, federal financial aid in the form of Pell Grants has provided transformational opportunities to countless students in their pursuit of a college degree. Nearly 90 percent of Pell Grant funds benefit students with a family income below $50,000 across all races and ethnicities. These federal grants are an essential bridge to a college degree for students with a demonstrated financial need. For many, Pell Grants are the difference between pursuing a college degree and abandoning that dream. 

September 17, 2021

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