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Republicans Want To Make Cuts To Federal Pell Grant

July 26th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Before agreeing to raise the federal debt ceiling, Republican lawmakers want Democrats to agree to a number of budget cuts. Some of the proposed plans call for cuts to the Federal Pell Grant Program, which allows many of the country’s poorest students to attend college. This continues and intensifies a months-long debate about how the Pell Grant program is funded and administered. Next school year, the program is slated to spend $35 billion on 9.4 million students. Republicans looking to cut the program have suggested restricting student eligibility or reducing the maximum amount students can receive. Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin was among those in attendance at a recent rally to show support for saving the program…


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