Eligibility for financial aid program “Pell Grants” restored after Education Department decision
In the fall of 2016, Patty Murray, Washington’s Democratic Senator, urged Obama’s administration to exercise its authority within the Higher Education Act (HEA) to allow students who previously attended colleges which suddenly closed to have Pell grant eligibility.
President Donald Trump’s administration made an announcement agreeing to keep to the proposed plan in April 2017.
Following a letter sent to the Education Department’s office for student aid granted by the federal government by Senator Murray, the department finally responded with an update on its progress regarding Pell grants.
Betsy DeVos, who is the appointed Education Department Secretary, responded to Senator Murray’s letter saying that approximately 300,000 students, all of whom attended nearly 850 institutions that shut down between 2001-2016, were granted restored Pell grants.
A spokeswoman for the Education Department, Elizabeth Hill, issued a statement clarifying that Secretary DeVos prioritizes the welfare of students and that students who were harmed by the closure of various academic institutions must be assisted and their needs must be put first.
Senator Murray responds to statement with praise for action being taken
The statement added that the Education Department is working to ensure all students who were victims of suddenly-closed colleges will have the required resources to achieve their goals in higher-education.
Senator Murray responded to the statement with praise, saying that the restored grants were the first step in improving opportunities for students of low income.
Murray went on to add that she was personally pleased that the department had taken her request for updates of progress into consideration, as well as taking action to give countless students across the nation a chance to