Monday, October 3, 2011


The House FY 12 Labor HHS bill came out late last week and included deep cuts to Pell. The bill includes eligibility changes that would take more than $40 billion over 10 years. The full list of eligibility changes are below.

In Minnesota it means 9,500 students would become ineligible to receive a Pell Grant and more than $60 million in money would be lost. It also means a drastic reduction in Pell for many students that currently receive pell.

We'll continue updating you all as this FY 12 process unfolds. In the meantime, a blog, Facebook post, Tweet, or member action alert would all be a good way to take action right now and make public how harmful these cuts would be. Please let me know if there is more information that I can provide to you to assist with that; if there is anything on this list that you'd like to know more about I can send along more details.

Please contact John Kline's office here and tell them that these reductions to the Pell Grant will hurt Minnesota students.

ELIGIBILITY CHANGES (in descending order of the dollar savings from the change)

  • Rolls back income protection allowance (IPA) levels to pre-CCRAA levels
  • Expands the definition of income to include items eliminated by the CCRAA
  • Retroactively limits Pell eligibility to the equivalent of 12 semesters (6 years)
  • Lowers eligibility for automatic zero-EFC to $15,000 (from current level of $31,000)
  • Eliminates eligibility for ability-to-benefit (ATB) students (students without a high school diploma or GED)
  • Eliminates Pell eligibility for less than half time students
  • Raises the minimum eligibility level from 5% to 10% of the maximum award

Rep. John Kline (Chairman of the House Education, Labor, and HHS Committee)

Congressman Kline's Minnesota Office
Phone: (952) 808-1213
Toll-Free: (888) 808-6644

Congressman Kline's Washington Office
Phone: (202) 225-2271

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