Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, Reps. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), and Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) introduced H.R. 3180, the Flexible Pell Grant for 21st Century Students Act. Rep. Curbelo issued the following statement:
"I am proud to co-lead this effort with my colleagues on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. This bipartisan bill will benefit students who wish to complete a postsecondary education more quickly and at a lower cost, allowing them the flexibility to draw Pell Grant funds at a faster pace to pay for additional courses. I applaud Rep. Stefanik for her leadership and commitment on this important issue."
What they're saying:
Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, President, Miami-Dade College:
"Since Miami Dade College ranks first in the nation for Pell Grant recipients, we support this effort which is focused on providing greater flexibility and support for our students. We hope it is the first of many changes to help the neediest of our students."
Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, President, Florida Keys Community College:
“This is a bold step by Representatives Stefanik, Curbelo, and Hinojosa. Legislation that maximizes federal funds for education and job training represents significant movements in the right direction. Students who can accelerate their time to degree should not be penalized. Earlier completion also means that students are able to enter the workforce, fully prepared, much sooner.
FKCC has a ‘Success Calculator’ to help our students understand the connections between costs and future earnings as they relate to the time it takes to complete a degree. FKCC also launched its ‘Game Changer’ initiative that requires a contract with students so they aim to complete a two-year degree in two years or less. This bill would allow Pell Grant-dependent students to accelerate their educational plans without being hindered by the current restrictive funding timeline and would be in essence a national ‘Game Changer.’”
Alexis Catalayud, Student Government President and University Trustee, Florida International University:
"We praise Congressman Curbelo for his work on this bi-partisan proposal and look forward to working with him and the Education committee furtherto maximize the number of hard-working students at FIU that can benefit from additional Pell grants and complete their degreeson-time."
Reps. Curbelo, Stefanik, and Hinojosa introduced H.R. 3180 on July 23, 2015.