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Walker, Sen. Tim Scott Call for Continued Support for Pell Grants

May 2, 2017
Press Release
Walker and Scott highlight the importance of Pell Grants to students from low-income households and students of HBCUs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) last week reached out to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to ask for their support in maintaining the federal Pell Grant program, and to help establish year-round access to Pell Grants.

In a letter, Walker and Scott wrote, “The Pell Grant is a vital resource for expanding access and affordability to higher education for some of America’s most vulnerable and non-traditional students. In AY2013-2014, roughly 83% of Pell Grant recipients came from a household earning $30,000 or less annually…. Access to Pell Grants is particularly important to students attending Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s). Around 70% of students attending an HBCU in 2017 will do so using a Pell Grant…”

You can read the full letter here.