California Leaders Urge Action in Pell Grants

Congress is running out of time to pass legislation that would expand the federal government’s largest financial aid program.

The House and the Senate have until Friday to pass a funding proposal to restore year-round Pell Grants to help students cover the cost of summer classes.

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved a spending bill in June that would fund year-long Pell Grants and increase the maximum annual amount given to students by about $120. However, the House version of the spending bill left out these expansions.

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