How House Democrats’ Bill Will Affect Pell, Other Grants

The Aim Higher Act (AHA) expands eligibility for TEACH grant awards to include associate degree-level studies, capping the aggregate TEACH grant limit at that level at $8,000. TEACH grant eligibility is also extended to include early childhood education, adding it the current list of fields with teacher shortages that includes math, science, special education, and English language acquisition. The bill adds language to address potential design flaws in the original TEACH grant legislation that were revealed in a Department of Education (ED) report earlier this year, showing that 63 percent of TEACH grant recipients whose service obligations began between 2008 and 2014 had those grants converted to loans. Under AHA, ED would be required to notify students of deadlines for submitting employment certifications as well as when recipients have failed to submit those certifications.

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