June 2, 2021
Lawmakers are once again trying to expand the federal Pell Grant to job training programs of a shorter duration than are currently allowed.
The proposal is being added to Senate legislation that means to boost the country’s research presence and combat foreign influence, Politico reported Monday. It would allow students in career training programs of eight weeks or more to be eligible for the grants. The cap is currently 15 weeks.
Officials have moved several times to make Pell Grants less restrictive. But critics of the idea fear the aid will be used for low-quality programs.