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Ripon Advance: Curbelo, Stefanik Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bring Flexibility to Pell Grant System
Bipartisan legislation recently introduced by U.S. Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) would make federal Pell Grants more flexible and available to students year round.
The Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students Act would better reflect student demographics becoming older, having families and working part- or full-time jobs while attending school.
Currently, Pell Grants support nearly one-third of undergraduate students. It doesn’t, however, support students who take classes outside of the traditional school year because it is based on a six-year, two-semester timeline.
Congress needs to ensure that students can complete postsecondary education as quickly and affordably as possible, Curbelo said.
“This bipartisan bill would help many South Florida students graduate in less time and at a lower cost by providing them the flexibility to draw Pell Grant funds at a faster pace to pay for additional courses,” Curbelo concluded.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) introduced the legislation with Stefanik and Curbelo.
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