Student Aid Funding
NAICU supports increased federal funding for the proven student aid programs, which work together to ensure that qualified low- and middle-income students who are prepared for college have the same opportunity to get into, persist, and complete college as students with greater resources.
NAICU advocates for the funding of the Pell Grant program, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), Perkins Loans, LEAP state partnership grants, TRIO, GEAR UP, and graduate education.
NAICU and the American Council on Education (ACE) co-chair the Student Aid Alliance, which brings together 80 organizations representing students, financial aid officers, colleges, and others who support student aid. Together, the Alliance proposed a proposed FY 2017 Appropriations Request that would provide adequate funds to ensure the scheduled increase for the Pell Grant maximum, reinstate year-round Pell, and increase or maintain funding for the other programs.