Published: June 2018

Protecting Pell Grants in 2019 spending bill is critical for strong, diverse economy

As Congress works to finalize the education spending bill, advocates call on appropriators to support a robust Pell Grant fund. At a time when a postsecondary credential or degree is an increasingly necessary gateway to a meaningful career, a strong Pell Grant is critical to ensuring that students from all financial backgrounds are able to participate and grow a strong, diverse economy.

As House and Senate appropriators work toward a final education spending bill for fiscal year 2019, it is critical that they continue the same support for the Pell Grant they demonstrated in the final fiscal year 2018 spending bill. Toward that end, Consumer Action joined 65 organizations, representing students, schools, education advocates, veterans, consumers, business, civil rights, in urging House and Senate appropriators to once again keep all Pell Grant funds in the Pell program, and increase the maximum grant by at least what would be provided were the automatic inflation adjustment still in place.


Lead Organization

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS)

Other Organizations

Allan Hancock College | American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) | American Association of University Women (AAUW) | American Federation of Teachers, AFL -CIO | Americans for Financial Reform | Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities | Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) | Cal State Student Association (CSSA) | California Community Colleges, Chancellor’s Office | California EDGE Coalition | Campaign for College Opportunity | Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) | Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) | Colorado Center on Law and Policy | Consumer Action | Consumers Union | Democrats for Education Reform | Demos | Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) | Equal Justice Works | Excelencia in Education | Faculty Association of California Community Colleges | Foothill-De Anza Community College District | Generation Progress | Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce | Georgia Budget and Policy Institute | Higher Ed, Not Debt | Higher Education Loan Coalition | Higher Learning Advocates | Hildreth Institute | Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities | Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) | John Burton Advocates for Youth | KIPP | Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce | Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition | NAACP | National Association for College Admission Counseling | National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) | National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities | National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) | National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) | National Campus Leadership Council | National College Access Network (NCAN) | National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients) | National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) | National Urban League | PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts) | Southeast Asia Resource Action Center | Student Action | Student Debt Crisis | Student Parent HELP (Higher Education for Low Income People) Center at the University of Minnesota | Student Veterans of America | The American Association of State Colleges and Universities | The Education Trust | The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) | uAspire | UnidosUS | United Negro College Fund (UNCF) | United States Student Association (USSA) | Veterans Education Success (VES) | Women Employed | Yes We Must Coalition | Young Invincibles

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