Congress, Support Year-Round Pell GrantsMarch 9, 2017 | :
by Beth Akers
During a meeting last week with presidents from historically black colleges and universities, House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested that he would be in favor of a return to year-round Pell Grants. It comes after President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made overtures to HBCU leaders, and earlier statements from DeVos suggesting support for Pell Grant flexibility.
Pell Grants, which are the primary mechanism for using federal dollars to subsidize college enrollment, were originally designed to be disbursed per a traditional two-semester per academic year schedule