The Pell grant is one of the most widely used forms of financial aid amongst college students. At one point many students were beginning to wonder if going back to school next year would even be a possibility after all the budget cuts.
While the government continues to argue back and forth, students and college presidents are rallying together to ensure saving the much needed Pell grant. In April the Pell grant was spared from cuts, but new proposals are suggesting cuts for the upcoming fiscal year and dropping the grant from the maximum $5,500 to approximately $4,655.
Save Pell Day, which falls on Monday, July 25th, has been dubbed a day of action urging activist to e-mail and tweet lawmakers to save the Pell.
Senator Barbara Mikulski asked students and lobbyists to “flood the airwaves and the broadband” during a rally on Capitol Hill.
At Savepell.org advocates for this financial aid grant are encouraged to sign a petition telling the GOP that “Pell grants aren’t welfare”. Currently the petition has nearly 17,000 signatures. You can also access their Facebook page, and follow “savepell” on Twitter. The Save the Pell coalition is asking Pell grant recipients to share their story with others so that everyone can see just how important the grant is.
It is expected that over 9 million students will be looking to use the Pell grant for their college degree program this upcoming school year.
Whether you’re an incoming freshman or senior the Pell grant has and will continue to impact the lives of many students. Sign the petition today and check out the list below to find out who you can contact on Monday, July 25th in order to save the Pell.